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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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"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.

Keynote Video: Leon Wieseltier

Leon Wieseltier at American University

See Leon Wieseltier keynote, "Israel Studies, Jewish Studies: Same but Different," from conference on March 3, 2013.

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Ambassador Dennis Ross and US MIddle East Policy

dennis ross

A standing room only crowd attended SIS Dean James Goldgeier’s discussion with Ambassador Dennis Ross on US Policy in the Middle East.

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