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The Origins of Warעברית

April 28-30, 2015
Applications are now closed

This institute is reserved for Israeli applicants.
Instructor: 
Paul Wolfowitz 
Stipend: 
$1,000

Origins-of-War-200x200“War has been a persistent part of human experience since before the birth of civilization,” wrote Donald Kagan is his important book On the Origins of War: And the Preservation of Peace. For Israelis, war and preparation for war are an integral part of life. Nevertheless, in the Western world and in Israel too, few attempt to intellectually delve into the sources of war, to study its causes and understand its frequent occurrence. “To many in the modern world,” Kagan asserts, “the word power has an unpleasant ring.” Indeed, the study of war can be daunting, yet its pervasiveness demands that we probe it closely.

Over three days in Tel Aviv, we will study the phenomena of war with Dr. Paul Wolfowitz, who served as Deputy Secretary of Defense in the administration of President George W. Bush. He also served as President of the World Bank, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and US Ambassador to Indonesia. He is one of the authors of the “Bush Doctrine” and its implementation in the Middle East. Today he is a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, dealing with the economies of the developing world.

Who Should Apply?

This institute is aimed at Israeli men and women who wish to influence the intellectual, religious, and political life of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. Applicants may include those pursuing study or careers in Israeli public policy (including in the military, and defense and foreign policy establishments), the rabbinate, academia, journalism, Jewish education, Jewish communal leadership, law, and business. Applications are now closed

Time, Location, and Additional Details

The institute will take place in Tel Aviv, and requires a full time commitment for three days. (Stipends are valued in U.S. dollars, but are dispersed to Israeli participants in shekels based on the exchange rate on the date of payment).