NIF Big Ideas - Dr. Assaf David and Elizabeth Tsurkov - Forum for Regional Thinking

Who is thinking big about how to achieve safety for all people in the region?

The Forum for Regional Thinking 2019 Tour

The Forum for Regional Thinking is the group of scholars working to transform Israeli public discourse on the Middle East — and Israel’s role in it. Through high-quality analyses, the Forum offers alternative ideas for the public discourse, new options for policymakers and hope for Israel’s citizens regarding the potential of peace.

Join NIF for the Forum for Regional Thinking Tour, part of NIF’s 2019 Big Ideas Series.


Tour Schedule

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
LA — Encino, CA
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Washington, DC
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Speaker Bios

Dr. Assaf David, Forum for Regional Thinking - Photo by Bosmat IbiDr. Assaf David is the co-founder and Academic Director at the Forum for Regional Thinking. He teaches in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on Jordan, civil-military and state-society relations in the Middle East, and Israel in the Middle East. Dr. David is also the head of Manarat: The Center for Jewish-Arab Relations in The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. (*Photo credit: Bosmat Ibi)

photo of Elizabeth Tsurkov - Forum for Regional ThinkingElizabeth Tsurkov is a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking. Her work focuses on the Syrian civil war, ISIS and movements for social change in the Middle East. Tsurkov’s writings have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy Magazine, Newsweek and +972 Magazine. She has worked with Israeli human rights organizations for over a decade. She earned her B.A. at the Hebrew University, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University and recently completed a second master’s degree in Political Science at the University of Chicago. Tsurkov is based in Washington, D.C., where she works for the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, an NGO conducting research and social cohesion programming in Iraq.



Inbal Ben Yehuda, Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, spoke to i24 News about the anti-regime protests raging across Sudan.

Interview on i24 News with Dr. Ori Goldberg, a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking about the traditions and meaning of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, the five pillars of Islam and the Qur’an.



The Breaking of Syria’s Rebellion
UNSC Resolution 2334: Too Little, Too Late


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