May 12 – Israel-Palestine Impasse: What Sherlock Holmes Would Say

When: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6:30 PM
Where: UCLA Faculty Center
: RSVP to [email protected] by May 11, 11am with your selection of $33 dinner/$38 dinner with dessert. Please bring your check payable to “Michael Intriligator,” your UCLA host. Parking is available at Structure 2, near the Faculty Center, at the corner of Hilgard and Westholme. Parking fee is $10.

SEMINAR TOPIC: Israel-Palestine Impasse: What Sherlock Holmes Would Say
“….when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth” Sherlock Holmes in the Sign of Four. This citation from one of the better know episodes in the exploits of the mythological sleuth from 221B Baker Street comprises the analytical point of departure for the lecture. It will begin with an analysis of the strategic and political realities in the region and implications they have for policy formulation. It will assess the policy proposals on the table today and cast grave doubts about their practical viability. A comprehensive “out of the box,” non-coercive alternative is set out, accompanied by an appraisal of the conditions required for its implementation and an evaluation of its feasibility and economic costs.

THE SPEAKER: Martin Sherman a former Israeli intelligence officer and ministerial advisor to the Israeli government is the academic director of the Jerusalem Summit having just completed the past academic year as the visiting Israeli Schusterman Scholar at University of Southern California (USC) and the Hebrew Union College (HUC). He has lectured for over twenty years in the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University, most recently in the Security Studies Program. He is also a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and is currently working on a paper on Hydro-terrorism in conjunction with US Congressional staffers. Dr Sherman holds degrees in Physics and Geology (B.Sc.), Business Administration (MBA) and Political Science/International Relations (Ph.D.) His academic publications include two books, The Politics of Water in the Middle East (St. Martin’s Press, 1999) and Despots, Democrats and the Determinants of International Conflict (Macmillan, 1998) and numerous articles in such well respected academic journals as Middle East Quarterly, The Journal of Strategic Studies, The Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence among others on strategic and foreign policy issues. Dr. Sherman has testified before the Joint Economic Committee of US Congress in a hearing on economic and security trends in the Middle East.
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