This course offers a first-hand perspective on the arising challenges and opportunities in a post-Arab Spring Middle East from the unique context of Israel: a meeting point between Western and Middle Eastern civilizations; the Holy Land for Christians, Jews and Muslims; and a key point of interest and dispute for the international community. Through field trips and engaging dialogue with regional players, participants will gain personal insight into the religious, cultural and political forces shaping the changing reality of the region and their influence on Israel's future.
Site Visits and Meetings
Through multiple field trips and encounters, this program offers the unique opportunity to gain first-hand access to key places and regional actors. Subject to the availability of guest speakers, participants will have the opportunity to meet with:
Diplomats and Government Officials
Representatives of International Organizations
Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders
Academics and professional figures
Course and Study Visits Outline
Please note that due to the dynamic character of the Middle East and our intention to focus on the current issues in the region, the following list of topics may be updated.
New opportunities and challenges in a Changing Middle East
Jerusalem and the role of religion and faith in the Middle East
Dr. Boms is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hertzliya. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of CyberDissidents.org, a network of bloggers from the Middle East that focuses on freedom of expression and the promotion of dialogue in the region. Dr. Boms served as the Vice President of the Washington based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). His articles have appeared in The Washington Times, Iran Times International, and The Jerusalem Post among other international publications.
Dr. Boms received his PhD. from the University of Haifa and his dissertation deals with the Influence of Information Technology on the Creation of Civic Society in Syria and Iran.