Israeli Normalization with Gulf and North African Arab States In 2020, four Arab countries agreed to normalize their relations with Israel. At this symposium, scholars from the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC), Tel Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will analyze the normalization with Israel, including the Abraham Accords (Israel-UAE Agreement and Bahrain-Israel Agreement), Israel-Sudan Normalization Agreement, and the Israel-Morocco Normalization Agreement, and assess its impact on the Middle East. Furthermore, this symposium will discuss the implications for Japan’s foreign policy toward the Middle East.
Opening Remarks Opening Remarks by the Israeli Ambassador to Japan, Ambassador Yaffa Ben-Ari
Gulf States and the Normalization with Israel
Dr Nir Boms, Research Fellow, The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC), Tel Aviv University
Sudan's Normalization with Israel
Eline Rosenhart, Academic Coordinator, MDC, Tel Aviv University
Moroccan and the Maghreb Countries' Relationship with Israel
Dr Daniel Zisenwine, Contributing Researcher, MDC, Tel Aviv University
Egypt, Jordan and the Regional Security Implications of the Normalization Agreements Dr Joshua Krasna, Research Fellow, MDC, Tel Aviv University
Moderator: Dr Brandon Friedman, Director of Research at the MDC, Tel Aviv University
Commentator: Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor of Religion and Global Security and the Head of ROLES (RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies), The University of Tokyo
About the Speakers
Dr Nir Boms
Dr Boms is a Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University. He is the Chairman of the Syria Research Forum and the coordinator of the TAU Workshop on Israel and the Middle East. Dr Boms received his doctorate from the University of Haifa. His recent book, “The Syrian War: Between Justice and Political Reality” (Cambridge University Press, 2020) is an edited volume on the Syrian War (2011 – 2019).
Eline Rosenhart is a Junior Researcher and Academic Coordinator of the Dayan Center's Annual TAU Workshop on Israel and the Middle East. Eline completed her MA in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. She commentates on current events in Sudan, Chad, and the Central African Republic, and has lived in the region.
Dr Daniel Zisenwine
Dr Zisenwine is a contributing researcher at Tel Aviv University's Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies. He also teaches modern North African history at the university's Department of Middle Eastern and African History and at the Hebrew University's Rothberg International School. His research focuses on modern North African history.
Dr Joshua Krasna
Joshua Krasna, PhD, is a Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and a former senior Middle East and strategic analyst for the Israeli government. He served in the Israeli embassies in Jordan and Canada, and as an Instructor at the Israel National Defense College. His research focuses on the strategic, political, and regional developments in the Arab World.
Moderator: Dr Brandon Friedman
Brandon Friedman, PhD, is the Director of Research at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. Brandon is also the Managing Editor of the Dayan Center’s journal Bustan: The Middle East Book Review. His monograph, The End of Pax Britannica in the Persian Gulf, 1969-1971, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.
Commentator: Satoshi Ikeuchi
Satoshi Ikeuchi is the Professor of Religion and Global Security and the Head of ROLES (RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies) at the University of Tokyo. Professor Ikeuchi has published extensively on Middle East politics, Islamic Political issues, and global security challenges.
--- This event is part of a research project funded by a research grant by MOFA of Japan.
"Israel Week @UTokyo Komaba Research Campus" consists of a series of webinars on the recent trends and developments in Israel and its impact on Japan-Israel relations. The webinars in this framework will cover a broad range of topics, including the recent normalization of relations between Israel and Arab countries, security risks of digital transformation, policy responses to COVID-19 and the digital healthcare ecosystem, STEM education, Science & Design, and the comparative study of the Abrahamic religions.
It aims to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and inspiration from researchers and experts across different fields, and to seek opportunities for collaboration among the participants from academia, NPOs, industry, and the public sector.
“Israel Week @UTokyo Komaba Research Campus” is organized by ROLES (RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies) in cooperation with IIS (the Institute for Industrial Science) of the University of Tokyo and supported by the Embassy of Israel in Japan.
Contact Information Division of Religion and Global Security (Ikeuchi Laboratory) of RCAST, the University of Tokyo office＠me.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp