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European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS)

1st Annual Lecture

Efraim Halevy
Ambassador Efraim Halevy

Date: 12 May 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 12 May 2014Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET

Type of Event: Lecture

Between Shifting Sovereignties and Shifty Actors: Quo Vadis for the Middle East?

If you missed out on the opportunity to attend this exclusive, members-only event, we've uploaded the video footage of Ambassador Halevy's captivating lecture as well as a small selection of photographs.

This exciting event, the first of its kind for the EAIS, achieved a full house at RUSI with over 120 EAIS and RUSI Members attending the lecture and afterwards enjoying delicious canapés and wine in RUSI's stunning Library of Military History.  

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Former Director of Mossad on Shifting Sovereignties in the Middle East


Ambassador Halevy examines key changes in the Middle East in the wake of the ‘Arab Spring’, focusing upon those ‘ungoverned spaces’ where national sovereignty is conspicuous by its absence in, for example, the Sinai peninsula, south Lebanon, much of Syria and Libya, as well as increasingly large tracts of Iraq.  In addition, he examines the security and political consequences flowing from this phenomenon and, in particular, the impact of upgraded military material into war zones primarily by Russia and its regional surrogates.  In the light of these developments, Ambassador Halevy offers some tentative thoughts as to the future trajectory of unresolved internal conflicts in such places as Syria and Iraq amid the unabated and widespread bloodshed.  He also focuses on the impact that the politics of personality is having on shaping the contours of power across the region through reference to the relationships between key individuals such as Grand Ayatollah Khomeini and President Rouhani, Field Marshal Sisi and the King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and Prime Minister Netanyahu and Abu Mazen.  Ambassador Halevy concludes his remarks by examining the extent to which the presence of radical Sunni Jihadi groups in Lebanon and Syria, now fighting as a group, now pose a threat to Tehran’s regional ambitions. Might, he asks, Iran end up like the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan, withdrawing from a theatre of conflict having been beaten by a lesser power?

EAIS Annual Lecture 2014

Ambassador Efraim Halevy

A man of vast experience of intelligence and diplomacy, Ambassador Efraim Halevy was born in London in 1934, emigrating to Israel with his family soon after the establishment of the state in 1948.  After studying law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in 1961 Ambassador Halevy joined the Israeli intelligence Service, Mossad, eventually rising to become its head (1998-2002).  He was also Israel’s Ambassador to the EU (1996-1998) and the head of Israel’s National Security Council (2002-2003).  He was head of the Shasha Centre for Strategic Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem from 2003-2011 (and where he is now Emeritus Head), and was Chairman of the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Centre from 2005-2012.  Among his many accomplishments, Ambassador Halevy is widely recognised for his key role in bringing about the peace treaty with Jordan in 1994 and ensuring, in often trying times, the ongoing stability of diplomatic ties between Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom.

EAIS Annual Lecture 2014

Organiser: EAIS

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