SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

American Jews, the rise of Jewish Humanitarianism and the Distancing from Israel

Michael Barnett
Prof Michael Barnett

Date: 2 December 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 2 December 2013Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: 0

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There is considerable debate regarding whether American Jews are increasingly "distant" from Israel, and, if so, why. As the feelings of American Jews toward Israel has grown more complicated, there has been a surging popularity of "tikkun olam," the Jewish responsibility to repair the world.  Is there a connection between these developments?

Speaker profile

Michael Barnett is University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He previously taught at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Macalester College, Wellesley College, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; was a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research and the Dayan Center at Tel-Aviv University; and was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Professor Barnett has published extensively on international relations theory, global governance, humanitarian action, and the Middle East. He is the author of many books, including a history of humanitarianism, The Empire of Humanity: A History of Humanitarianism.

Professor Barnett is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the recipient of many grants and awards for his research. He most recently served as the Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations and professor of political science at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

This event is part of the CISD International Relations Speaker Series and is co-hosted by the Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice.  

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