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A New Plan for Peace in the Middle East
With Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, DBA, Yale University, and Donna Divine, Ph.D., Smith College
The Trump administration promised the “deal of the century” to bring long-awaited peace to the Israelis and Palestinians, and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and advisor, pitched an economic plan that calls for $50 billion in investments parceled out to a number of Middle Eastern countries over 10 years. What does this approach mean for the future of peace and stability in the region?
Join us for a conversation with Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, DBA, Yale University, who attended and moderated panels at the Peace to Prosperity workshop in Bahrain, and Donna Divine, Ph.D., Smith College, on the ongoing Middle East peace process, the role of U.S. leadership, and an opportunity to break down the latest plan for peace in the Middle East.
Moderated by Megan Torrey, CEO, World Affairs Council of Connecticut
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, DBA, Yale University
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld served as full tenured professor at Emory’s Goizueta Business School for a decade and a professor at the Harvard Business School for a decade, and is currently the senior associate dean of leadership programs as well as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, as well as founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance.
Professor Sonnenfeld’s related research has been published in 100 scholarly articles which appeared in the leading academic journals in management. He has also authored eight books, including The Hero’s Farewell, an award-winning study of CEO succession, and another best seller, Firing Back, a study on leadership resilience in the face of adversity.
Donna Divine, Ph.D., Smith College
Donna Robinson Divine is the Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of Government, Emerita at Smith College where she taught a variety of courses on Middle East Politics. Her books include Women Living Change: Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Essays from the Smith College Research Project on Women and Social Change; Politics and Society in Ottoman Palestine: The Arab Struggle for Survival and Power, Postcolonial Theory and The Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Exiled in the Homeland:Zionism and the Return to Mandate Palestine, Named the Katharine Asher Engel lecturer at Smith College for the 2012-2013 academic year in recognition of her scholarly achievements, she was also designated as Smith’s Honored Professor for the excellence of her teaching.
President of the Association for Israel Studies from 2017-2019, Affiliate Professor at Israel’s University of Haifa she was named to Algemeiner’s 2019 list of the top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life”.
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