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As part of Tikvah’s advanced institute “The Case for Nationalism,” the participants heard from the great Jewish dissident, thinker, and statesman, Natan Sharansky. Sharansky discussed the ideas of his book, Defending Identity: Its Indispensable Role in Protecting Democracy; the problem of a world with “nothing to die for,” to quote John Lennon; and the complementarity of the […]

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Weekly Standard editor William Kristol spoke with Israeli alumni of Tikvah Fund programs in Jerusalem last month about his life in the arena of American politics. The first half of the conversation was largely autobiographical. He talks about his upbringing—including his Jewish upbringing—as the child of Irving Kristol, “the godfather of neoconservatism,” and the legendary […]

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In 1993, the late Samuel Huntington described Islam as having “bloody borders.” But what does this observation have to do with Islam as a religion or set of ideas? How much of the violence in Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Gaza or the uncertainty in Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, the Gulf states, Indonesia, or Turkey has to […]

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Writing on The Weekly Standard‘s blog, Elliott Abrams has a provocative new post on the implications of Barack Obama’s announced change in US-Cuba relations. Imagining the viewpoint of a Saudi, Emirati, Jordanian, or Israeli, Abrams plays out just what one of these nations would think of Obama’s willingness to normalize relations with the pariah state Cuba. What […]

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Sanctions on Israel?

December 10, 2014 | By: Elliott Abrams

Last week, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the Obama administration has come to the point of mulling sanctions on Israel if Israel continues to build settlements. “I’m obviously not going to comment one way or another on reported internal deliberations,” a State Department spokeswoman said. “We’ve made clear our position on settlement activity publicly and that hasn’t […]

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The latest episode of “Conversations with Bill Kristol” features Ruth Wisse, the dean of the study of Jewish literature and distinguished senior fellow at the Tikvah Fund. As it so happens, Professor Wisse is teaching the advanced institute “Jews and Power” at Tikvah’s New York office this week while her interviewer, William Kristol, is the […]

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How to Study Jews and Power

November 20, 2014

Historically vulnerable, what has been the Jewish view of power? How should Jews view power? Should Jews be ambivalent toward and uncomfortable with power? Should they be more hard-headed? What about power’s tendency to corrupt? And how can Jews balance national empowerment with a belief in an all-powerful God? In partnership with the Chabad House at […]

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Tikvah was privileged to have several wise and experienced foreign-policy professionals as instructors for the advanced institute, “War and Human Nature.” Two of them, Frederick W. Kagan and Eric Edelman, sat down during the institute to discuss the subject of statesmanship in wartime, with Kagan mostly interviewing Edelman. Edelman was the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy from 2005 to […]

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Participants in Tikvah’s advanced institute on “War and Human Nature” were treated to a conversation on the method and meaning of statesmanship with Frederick W. Kagan. Beginning in theory and ending in practice, Kagan, a man of reflection and action, a military historian and strategic advisor, detailed his approach to serious problems in global affairs. […]

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The Lessons of 9/11

September 11, 2014

Three years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Commentary senior editor Abe Greenwald penned an essay for Jewish Ideas Daily on the lessons of 9/11. Greenwald focuses on the realization of the world’s hatred: [T]he Obama White House has issued “guidelines” setting a tone for the American government’s commemoration of September 11 at home and […]

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