Past event

Invitation Only

Israel: Navigating the Challenges of Democracy

Chatham House, London

Middle East and North Africa Programme


Amnon Aran, Senior Lecturer, City University
Ahron Bregman, Lecturer, King's College London
Jonathan Freedland, Columnist, The Guardian 
Daniel Levy, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation and Century Foundation
Chair: Yossi Mekelberg, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


Inflated living costs and a growing discontent with the current economic climate have led to extensive social unrest in Israel over the past year. Public protests, coupled with deep divisions over the country's approach to Iran's nuclear ambitions, and the election of a new leader to head Israel's Labour party, have led to considerable domestic instability. Meanwhile, due to their potential to upset regional dynamics, the dramatic changes sweeping the Arab world pose new challenges to Israel's position in the Middle East.

The speakers will consider the domestic dimensions of Israeli foreign policy-making against the backdrop of a changing regional context.

This event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Attendance is by invitation only.

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