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Center for Israel Studies


  • Center for Israel Studies
    Battelle Tompkins, Room T39

  • Center for Israel Studies
    4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington, DC 20016


About CIS

AU’s Center for Israel Studies (CIS) is a nationally known pioneer and leader in the growing academic field of Israel Studies. Our approach is multi-disciplinary, going beyond the Arab-Israeli conflict to study modern Israel’s history, vibrant society, culture, multiethnic democracy, and complex geopolitical challenges. The center sponsors frequent public programs — including conferences, discussions, lecture series, performances and exhibits. We invite you to be a part of the growth of our center by attending our programs and offering your support. Your commitment and generosity will ensure that CIS will continue to serve as a model throughout the nation in this growing field.

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Interfaith Dialogue: Confronting Religious Violence, Nov. 12

Rabbi Sacks New Book

Join Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the UK and Ireland, and Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, for a discussion on countering religious violence.

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Global Israel Series

Israel Ethiopia Shared History

 Ethiopia and Israel: Past and Present Connections, October 8

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"Let me congratulate American University on your creation of a Center for Israel Studies. It is a timely and imaginative initiative in exploring Israel's many contributions to human dignity and progress in our country's 50 years of existence. You will help to bring together Israeli and American scholars, writers, artists, and scientists to share their knowledge and face the challenges of the new global era. This is a commendable idea and worthy of the widest support."

— Shimon Peres, president and former prime minister of Israel, giving a speech at AU's commencement after receiving an honorary doctorate.


Reinventing Israel

From BG to Bibi: The End of an Era in Israel-Diaspora Relations on October 28, 2015.

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Video: Michael Oren and Tamara Wittes

Oren 2015

Michael Oren and Tamara Wittes discussed the U.S. - Israel Relationship on September 30, 2015.

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