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The Tikvah Summer Institutes

 for University Students and Young Professionals

The Evolution of the U.S.-Israel
Strategic Alliance

with Michael Doran

New York, NY | July 24 – 28, 2017 | $500 Stipend & Housing
For current undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals

200x200-us_israel_handshakeFor nearly seven tumultuous decades, the United States and the State of Israel have enjoyed a uniquely close relationship. The two nations are linked by bonds of sympathy and affection no less than shared security interests, intelligence sharing, and military cooperation. But how will the U.S.-Israel strategic relationship change over the coming years? In this institute, former National Security Council senior director, Hudson Institute senior fellow, and author of Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East, Michael Doran will help us to see the unfolding logic of the U.S.-Israel relationship as it has grown from the founding of Israel in 1948 through the Cold War, from Oslo to the intifadas, from 9/11 through the Obama years. With a firm grasp of this history, we will chart the possible paths ahead for the United States and the Jewish State.

Michael Doran

Full Bio

The future of U.S.-Israel relations will depend on how leaders in both nations navigate the demands of domestic politics and how they evaluate the risks of global affairs. In the United States, presidential administrations have fallen into two groups: those who see Israel as a strategic liability and those who see Israel as a strategic asset. American administrations that see the U.S.-Israel relationship as a liability tend to assess the Arab-Israeli conflict as the core problem in the Middle East and its resolution as the key to securing American interests in the region. “If we can solve the Palestinian problem,” they have said, “then our situation in the Middle East will improve dramatically.” Those that see Israel as a strategic asset, meanwhile, tend to see the Arab-Israeli conflict as one among many challenges to regional order, and not necessarily the most important one. The Israelis, for their part, have no analogous debate. Israeli prime ministers of all political stripes have regarded good relations with Washington as a vital national interest. We will study how Israel has related to different American administrations through time, and how changes in American policy have affected Israeli strategic assessment.

In addition to American and Israeli domestic politics, regional events will test the United States and Israel in the years ahead. As a newly enriched and emboldened Iran grows into a regional and potentially nuclear power, as Russia reasserts her influence, as uncertain Arab monarchies struggle to maintain legitimacy and establish domestic order, as ethnic strife is again resurgent, as borders have grown unstable, and as a disquiet uncertainty about the future of American involvement worries America’s friends and energizes America’s enemies, the challenges of international politics order weigh heavily on Israel and the United States.

Guided by history, looking to the future, we will investigate the growth of the cooperation between America and Israel and attend to fluctuations in American politics, the strategic orientation in American foreign policy, and to the regional challenges that will determine the evolution of the U.S.-Israel relationship.


Who should apply?

  • Current undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals interested in moral, social, political, or strategic thought.
  • Jews of all backgrounds and denominations, ideas and persuasions, who are committed to serious inquiry, moral discourse, and the future of Judaism.
  • Alumni of previous college-level Tikvah programs are not eligible to apply, but will be invited to attend select sessions at a later date.

Applications are now closed.