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September 15, 2014: This Anti-Defamation League and Program for Jewish Civilization event looks at the current incidents of anti-semitism that have occurred in Europe. Experts will focus on specific countries including France, Hungary, and England. 


Sarah Fainberg is a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University and a Visiting Professor of Government at Tel Aviv University’s Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy. Her current research focuses on Israel’s interests in and relationship with the Eurasian states (former Soviet countries) and Israel’s relations with the American and French diasporas. A native of France, Dr. Fainberg received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Sciences Po-Paris (2008) and is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1998). She previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (2009-2012). She also taught at Columbia University (2005-2007) and St. Petersburg's State University in Russia (2002-2003). In addition, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University (2006-2007). She has given lectures and public talks at Moscow State University, Columbia University, Sciences Po-CERI (Paris), the University of Ottawa, Georgetown University, the Hebrew University and the IDC, Herzliya. She is the author of two books:Les Discriminés. L’antisémitisme soviétique après Staline (Paris: Fayard, 2014in English: Dissecting State Discrimination: The Soviet-Jewish Experience After Stalin), and (with Jacques Berlinerblau and Aurora Nou) Secularism on the Edge: Church-State Relations in the US, France, and Israel (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Dr. Fainberg is bilingual in French and Russian, and fluent in English and Hebrew.

Stacy Bernard Davis is currently working for the State Department Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting Anti-Semitism. Previously she worked for the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. She has a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Dieter Dettke is an expert on German foreign and economic policy, European integration, European security issues and translatlantic relations. He has studied at the Universities of Bonn, Berlin and Strasbourg, and was a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Washington. Dr. Dettke has also served as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and Assignments at the Bundestag and German Foreign Office.

Andrew Srulevitch is the Director of European Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League.

Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory,History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust

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September 15, 2014: This Anti-Defamation League and Program for Jewish Civilization event looks at the current incidents of anti-semitism that have occurred in Europe. Experts will focus on specific countries including France, Hungary, and England. 


Sarah Fainberg is a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University and a Visiting Professor of Government at Tel Aviv University’s Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy. Her current research focuses on Israel’s interests in and relationship with the Eurasian states (former Soviet countries) and Israel’s relations with the American and French diasporas. A native of France, Dr. Fainberg received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Sciences Po-Paris (2008) and is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1998). She previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (2009-2012). She also taught at Columbia University (2005-2007) and St. Petersburg's State University in Russia (2002-2003). In addition, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Harriman Institute of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia University (2006-2007). She has given lectures and public talks at Moscow State University, Columbia University, Sciences Po-CERI (Paris), the University of Ottawa, Georgetown University, the Hebrew University and the IDC, Herzliya. She is the author of two books:Les Discriminés. L’antisémitisme soviétique après Staline (Paris: Fayard, 2014in English: Dissecting State Discrimination: The Soviet-Jewish Experience After Stalin), and (with Jacques Berlinerblau and Aurora Nou) Secularism on the Edge: Church-State Relations in the US, France, and Israel (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Dr. Fainberg is bilingual in French and Russian, and fluent in English and Hebrew.

Stacy Bernard Davis is currently working for the State Department Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combatting Anti-Semitism. Previously she worked for the State Department's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. She has a Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Dieter Dettke is an expert on German foreign and economic policy, European integration, European security issues and translatlantic relations. He has studied at the Universities of Bonn, Berlin and Strasbourg, and was a Fullbright Scholar at the University of Washington. Dr. Dettke has also served as a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations and Assignments at the Bundestag and German Foreign Office.

Andrew Srulevitch is the Director of European Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League.

Deborah Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University. She is the author of Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory,History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, and Beyond Belief: The American Press and the Coming of the Holocaust

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September 17, 2014: This lecture examines the economic dimensions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Assaf Patir is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a PhD in economics from Northwestern University (2013) and a PhD in physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science (2007). Patir's research focus is macroeconomics and banking, and he has also written on Israeli-Palestinian trade and labor flows as part of the Aix Group (www.aixgroup.org).

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Irfan Nooruddin recently joined the Georgetown University community as Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Asian Studies Program. Previously, he served as Associate Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University and Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. 

Professor Nooruddin specializes in South Asian politics and political economy. In his latest book, Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (Cambridge University Press, 2011), he advances a theory that institutionalized political gridlock--such as the existence of multiple factions--is actually good for national economic growth because it pushes the government to pursue more consensus-based policies and therefore stabilizes investor expectations. Through this compelling work, Professor Nooruddin challenges the conventional wisdom that contending parties and interest groups hinder economic reform in developing countries. In addition to political economy, Professor Nooruddin is interested in exploring elections and other democratic exercises in India.

At Georgetown, Professor Nooruddin serves on the Advisory Board of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs and helps bring distinguished guests to campus to speak about South Asian affairs. Professor Nooruddin received his B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Michigan.

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Ambassador Dennis Ross is a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University and is the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, Counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Elliott Abrams is an Adjunct for the Program for Jewish Civilization and is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ambassador Robert Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and former Dean of the SFS, will conduct the interview.

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