From 1948 to the present time, Israel has overcome tremendous obstacles and registered impressive achievements. Israel must re-imagine itself and its place in the Middle East in light of new challenges now presenting themselves, and in anticipation of those waiting just over the horizon.
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It has famously been said that "a picture is worth a thousand words." We at the Moshe Dayan Center wholeheartedly agree. Thanks to a generous seed donation from the Gilford and Diane Glazer Foundation, the Glazer Media Initiative (GMI) was launched in order to provide students and researchers with the unique opportunity to explore Middle Eastern history and contemporary affairs through a multimedia lens.
The Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation was established in 2004 as a collaborative effort by the Moshe Dayan Center and the German Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, as part of the MDC. It is an expansion of the Program on Arab Politics in Israel established by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and Tel Aviv University in 1995. The purpose of the Program is to deepen the knowledge and understanding of Jewish-Arab relations in Israel through conferences, public lectures and workshops, as well as research studies, publications and documentation. As part of the latter effort, the KAP produces the quarterly publication Bayan, which consists of original research on issues at the center of the contemporary national-political, social, and religious agenda of the Arab public in Israel, and on issues that touch upon the relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel. The Academic Director of the KAP is Dr. Itamar Radai and the Project Manager is Mr. Arik Rudnitzky.
More than half of Israel’s current Jewish population belongs to families who have emigrated or were expelled from the Middle East and North African regions after 1948. Hundreds of thousands more live in North and South America, Great Britain and elsewhere. As memories fade, there is a clear and present danger that the rich legacy of Middle Eastern Jewry will be lost. For that reason, the Program for the Study of Jews in Arab Lands will preserve and protect the memory and heritage of these communities, while training cohorts of young researchers who will “carry the torch” for generations to come.
The Doron Halpern Middle East Network Analysis Desk (MENAD), led by Dr. Harel Chorev, studies Middle East and North Africa networks, both online (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Telegram, among others), and off (networks of families, elites, and terror groups). MENAD utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in order to identify, track, and analyze patterns and developments in public discourse.
The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) is a non-partisan interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of the contemporary Middle East and Africa. For over half a century, the MDC has helped to explain the complexities of the modern Middle East. Our guiding principle is that in order to understand the region, one must understand its cultures, peoples, languages, religions, and history.