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Israel: The Prospects for Peace

What are the prospects for a peace deal in 2014? This unique program will focus on this longtime U.S. foreign policy objective. In addition to studying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the program will examine how security, environmental, and human rights issues converge to inform both domestic and foreign policy in Israel. This program will allow you to explore the complex issues facing the modern state of Israel as shaped by its many voices, both past and present.

Faculty Director

Guy Ziv

Academic Details

This 3-credit seminar program is designed to provide students with insight into Israel as a sovereign and international actor, and to examine the underlying dynamics of the country's unique political system, diversified culture, and myriad political, social, economic, and environmental issues. Participants learn first-hand about ongoing efforts to address Israel's security concerns, Arab-Israeli peacemaking, the special relationship between Israel and the United States, and the challenges brought forward by the desert ecology of the region.

SIS can also help students who participate in the seminar obtain an internship with a partner organization in Israel. The internship experience is not an integrated part of the seminar program and can be done for credit, or on a non-credit bearing basis for MA students only who wish to complete their professional experience requirement.  A list of potential internship organizations can be found in the Forms section of this page. 

Site Visits

The program will be based in Jerusalem but students will travel extensively throughout Israel. Site visits could include locations in and around Jerusalem as well as Jaffa, Tel Aviv, and other parts of the country.

2014 Program Dates (TENTATIVE)

Pre-departure workshops: April/May (Date TBA)

Arrival in Tel Aviv: May 28

Seminar program: May 29 - June 14

Departure from Jerusalem (seminar-only participants): June 15

Optional internships: variable dates

Program Costs

AU tuition (see program guide for more details).

Who Should Attend

The Program invites applications from students from all majors and disciplines from American University. Graduate and advanced undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 credits with interests in comparative political systems, history, gender, human rights, international communication, international politics, Middle East area studies, international security, peace and conflict resolution, international development, and environmental conservation are invited to apply. Students enrolled in graduate programs at other US-based universities and colleges are also invited to apply.


Students are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Tel Aviv. Students in the seminar will be housed in group accommodation for the duration of the seminar dates only; students staying in Israel for the optional internship component will be responsible for their own housing during the internship period, starting June 15.

Application and Deadlines

Students must read the entire program guide before applying. The program guide can be found in the Forms section of this website. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but must be received by February 24, 2014, for priority consideration.

As part of the review process, the Faculty Director may invite students to meet with him to discuss the submitted application. Enrollment may be limited to approximately 10 students. Once admitted to the program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail. At that time, students will be required to submit a deposit of to SIS to secure their place in the program.


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Email: sisabroad@american.edu

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Info Session

Wednesday, February 12, 5-6pm, SIS 115

Priority Application Deadline

February 24, 2014


Israel 2014 Program Guide

Advisor Approval Form



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