Dr. Mordechai Kedar, Upcoming Speaking Tour to the U.S. and Canada

Our contributor Dr. Mordechai Kedar will be on a speaking tour of the United States and Canada from May 1 to June 4, 2019.

Dr. Kedar sent out the following in an email to friends and colleagues:

These days the Middle East is undergoing a profound and historic transformation. Many Middle East scholars are attempting to understand the developments in the Arab world and in the Arab and Muslim culture and religion. Additionally, Iran’s nuclear aspirations are the cause of a deep concern to many all over the world. 

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, the Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam (under formation), a research associate of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and a lecturer in the Department of Arabic Studies at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, is one of Israel’s leading figures in understanding the Arab world. Until recently he was the Middle East analyst of the daily newspaper “Makor Rishon” as well as other publications. Dr. Kedar is a frequent guest in the Israeli, Arab and international media. In January of 2011, Dr. Kedar gave a very insightful presentation on Capitol Hill on “Why is the Middle East Such a Difficult Area for Americans and Westerners to Understand?” 

Dr. Kedar will be on a speaking tour, visiting North America, between May 1 and June 4, 2019. He is available to be booked for lectures and various presentations. He can be a scholar-in-residence for a weekend or give presentations and lectures during the weekdays. 

His lectures are about the Middle East, Israel’s existence within the Middle Eastern environment, the struggle over Jerusalem, Anti-Semitism in the Islamic world and Iran, combatting the BDS etc. Please see the list of topics below.

A number of Dr. Kedar’s lectures in English are on YouTube.

You might have watched Dr. Kedar’s famous interview on al-Jazeera about the right of Jews to build in Jerusalem.

In May 2012 Dr. Kedar spoke in a conference about the problems of the Israeli public diplomacy.

Dr. Kedar’s weekly analysis about the Middle East.

Dr. Kedar would like to offer his lectures (see list below) to Synagogues, Churches, Mosques, universities, colleges, schools, community centers, organizations etc. He does not need a 5 star hotel and prefers to stay overnight with a family. Dr. Kedar travels in economy class and his fee is reasonable. 

Dr. Kedar is planning to be in North America between May 1 and June 4, 2019. 

If you would like to view a sample lecture or if you have any ideas or suggestions please feel free to contact Dr. Kedar at the e-mail: kedar.tour@gmail.com

Dr. Mordechai Kedar 

Director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam (under formation); Research Associate at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies; Lecturer in the Department of Arabic, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Phone and WhatsApp in Israel: +972-544-778-908. US Mobile (while in North America): 917-868-3551 

Possible Topics:

Israel and its neighbors

1.Trump, Putin and the Middle East – What Can We Expect?
2.Israel at 71: Achievements and Challenges
3.Israel in a Changing Middle East – Challenges and Opportunities
4.Israel and the Palestinian Issue – Possible Solutions
5.The Middle East – where to?
6.Peace in the Middle East – What does it Need?
7.Iran – Where to?

Understanding Arab and Muslim Culture

1.“The Arab Spring” – Why did it fail?
2.Tribalism in the Middle East and its influence on politics and state building.
3.Turkey – What went wrong?
4.What is the struggle over Jerusalem all about?
5.Why do many Muslims hate the West?
6.Understanding the Iranians – What motivates the Ayatollahs?
7.Hezbollah – Ideology, politics and modus operandi.
8.Hamas – Ideology, politics and modus operandi.
9.Islam – A culture in crisis.
10.Islam in Democratic State – The Islamic Movements in Israel.
11.Democracy in the Middle East – Opportunity or danger?
12.Islamic Radicalism – Causes, ideology and ways to face it.
13.Sunnis and Shi’is – Why do they hate each other so?
14.Islamic Women between Tradition and Modernity.
15.Palestinian Political Illustrations – Cartoons and messages.
16.The Right of Return in the Palestinian National Ethos.
17.Hizballah, Hamas, and Israel – Living with the enemy.
18.Clash of Values: Gender and Family Issues – Sources of tension between Islam and the West.
19.Arab Intellectuals – Where are they?
20.Arab Mass Media – their role in ME societies.
21.The Other Voice in the Arab World – My personal experience.

Lecture Subjects Concerning Military Intelligence:

1.Flawed intelligence assessments and mistaken policies resulting from cultural differences.
2.What motivates Arab states, societies and armies?
3.How to understand the Arab state media?
4.Major mistakes made by the Western coalition in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lectures on Israeli domestic issues can also be considered.

2 replies
  1. Marilyn Sarig
    Marilyn Sarig says:

    Is Dr. Kedar available to speak in the SF Bay Area during his visit? He is welcome to stay at my house in Berkeley. I am a new member of the FIDF Board and have heard him speak in Lafayette, CA previously. What are his fees / availability?


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