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Saturday, March 18 • 4:45pm - 5:45pm
A ‘Warm Peace’ in the Middle East? Cultural Diplomacy and the Abraham Accords

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The US-brokered (2020) Abraham Accords helped deliver unprecedented partnerships and bilateral agreements between Israel, Morocco, Sudan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which include novel cultural, strategic, tech, and economic exchanges. The new, yet rapidly growing Jewish community in Dubai, with more than 3,000 members, as well as synagogues and kosher restaurants, is just one unique marker of what is being termed the “new Middle East.” In this presentation, we will explore ways in which Israel and her regional allies are engaging in cultural diplomacy—like a series of extraordinary musical engagements and exchanges between Israel, the UAE, and Morocco—as they seek to unroot deeply entrenched mistrust between Israelis and Arab populations and encourage people-to-people relations.

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Eli Sperling

From 2012–2020, Eli served as the Senior Academic Research Coordinator at Emory University’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel and taught as a guest professor in Emory’s Tam Institute for Jewish Studies from 2019–2020. From June 2020-July 2022, Eli served as a Postdoctoral... Read More →

Saturday March 18, 2023 4:45pm - 5:45pm CDT
Congregation Gates of Prayer Bart Room