Lecture: "How It Began: The Origins of The Arab-Israel Conflict" Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 2 – 4pm
Lecture: "How It Began: The Origins of The Arab-Israel Conflict"
Campus Location:Kerr Hall
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Event Type:Forums, Discussions and Information Sessions
Presented by:Department of Political Science

Speaker: Alan Dowty
Professor emeritus of political science, University of Notre Dame

In this talk, Alan Dowty looks at when the Arab-Israel conflict began and what that implies about its roots. Was the conflict another dimension of the European penetration of the Middle East in the late 19th century? Was it a Jewish response to a new racial anti-Semitism of the period? Was it an expression of the awakening of Arab people to nationalist currents of the time? Or was it a collision among all these forces?

Dowty taught at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1963-75, during which time he served as chair of the Department of International Relations. He is a former president of the Association for Israel Studies and holder of an AIS-Israel Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in Israel Studies. Among his publications are basic texts on Israeli society and politics ("The Jewish State: A Century Later") and on the Arab-Israel conflict ("Israel/Palestine").

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