The Pro-Israel Lobby in the United States
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The “Pro-Israel” lobby consists of diverse individuals, groups and organizations who work to promote good US relations with Israel, especially to support the security and international recognition of Israel. The pro-Israel lobby consists of Christian-American and Jewish-American secular and religious groups. The most visible organization within the pro-Israel lobby is the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In recent years, another organization called “J-Street” was created to provide alternatives to the approaches utilized by AIPAC. AIPAC, J-Street and other groups within the pro-Israel lobby seek to influence American public policy in a variety of ways- - through education, responding to criticism of Israel, putting forth arguments in support of Israel, explaining why support for Israel is in America’s interests, and taking an active role in the American political process. Dr. Nurnberger's talk will focus on the history, effectiveness and appropriateness of pro-Israel activism in the United States, including the role played by various participants in these activities.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1975. He received the "Excellence in Teaching" award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. His most recent course at Georgetown was a graduate seminar on the Arab-Israel conflict. He has lectured twice for Florida Atlantic University's (FAU) Lifelong Learning Program.
Dr. Nurnberger has served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC); and Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was the first Director of “Builders for Peace” which was established to assist the Middle East Peace Process through economic development. He has also advised numerous congressional, senatorial and presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East. He received his BA from Queens College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was captain of the Varsity Tennis Team. He holds an MA from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University.
||10:00 am - 11:45 am
||Tuesday, December 17, 2013
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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