The Middle East: Understanding the Turmoil



TIME: 10:30-11:30, Wednesday 16th December 2015

VENUE:  Committee Room 15, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

SPEAKERS: General Yosef Kuperwasser, Former Head of Israel’s Military Intelligence &
Dr. Jacques Neriah, former Diplomatic and Political Adviser to the late PM Yitzhak Rabin

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As the Middle East region has experienced ever increasing levels of upheaval, Israel has sought to avoid being drawn into conflicts raging beyond its borders, while also looking to prevent the violence from spilling over into Israeli territory. In these turbulent times efforts to secure greater stability are being seen by policy makers as a key strategic objective. Yet the forces for regional destabilisation remain ever present. The threat from the Iranian nuclear programme and from Iran’s state sponsorship of terrorism, as well as the ongoing turmoil of the Syrian civil war and the ongoing growth of Islamic State across the Middle East collectively represent profound challenge to regional and global security.

 By kind invitation of Bob Blackman MP, The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with General Yosef Kuperwasser and Dr Jacques Neriah to discuss these issues further. General Kuperwasser and Dr Neriah each bring to this debate years of experience in the fraught politics and currents of the Middle East, offering a deep understanding of the complexities that continue to trouble policy makers and observers alike. The effort to formulate a Middle East policy that is both pragmatic but also principled risks becoming an increasingly unachievable task. The insights offered by experts from the region itself will prove vital in the coming years as western governments seek to navigate a workable strategy in this troubled, but strategically vital, part of the world.

 Please note RSVPs must include your full name and any affiliations including for any guests you wish to bring. Because of the profiles of our guests and speakers and in order to avoid disappointment on your arrival, you must have received a confirmation email from HJS that you and your guests can attend, as we are regretfully unable to allow entry on the day if you have not RSVPd in advance. We can accept late confirmations, but you will need a response from us still to ensure attendance.

Speaker Biographies

Brigadier General (ret.) Yosef Kuperwasser is the former director general of the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs. He is a former senior officer in Israeli military intelligence. Following his retirement he served as vice-president of security consulting firm Global CST. General Kuperwasser holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature from Haifa University and an MA in in Economics from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Jacques Neriah was born in Beirut, Lebanon on February 9, 1951 and immigrated to Israel in 1968. He graduated from university in 1971, from the Hebrew University majoring in the history of Islamic countries. He went on to do a Master’s in Oriental Studies from Tel Aviv University. Between the years 1992 to 1994, he was Diplomatic and Political adviser to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He was part of the negotiating team which negotiated the Oslo Agreements and their implementation afterwards. He was also part of the negotiating teams with Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.


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