9th Annual International Conference: Changing Rules of the Game?
Are the rules of the international game changing? Is it even worth seeking rules at this time, when it seems that so many familiar rules no longer exist? The INSS 9th Annual International Conference addressed a wide range of issues that are important for Israel’s security policy, with a focus on these and additional questions. Among the topics discussed: the implications of the nuclear deal with Iran; the effects of superpower involvement in the Middle East; the increasing Russian presence in the region, and much more.
Changing Rules of the Game?
The State of Israel has of late experienced much upheaval in its strategic environment, and the negative effects of these changes have spilled over into its territory.
It is difficult to predict future trends in this turbulent environment. The Middle East is experiencing ongoing shockwaves that undermine the traditional regional balance of power. Some states have lost their power monopoly, and new, non-state actors, driven by extreme ideologies, are emerging and steadily gaining power. The violence in the area is increasing, and red lines between nations are violated regularly by the new forces, which do not operate according to international norms and the accepted rules of the game. The negative implications of the shakeup in the Middle East extend beyond the region itself and constitute a backdrop for changes in the involvement of the international system in the region. This is primarily demonstrated by Russia's return to the region, as it attempts to capitalize on the growing United States tendency to distance itself and steer clear of entanglement in the area.
Israel is at the front lines facing the regional shakeup, but feels it has not earned the requisite understanding and support by key parties in the international system. The international community has demonstrated powerlessness in its handling of the region's problems, but at the same time, it continues to ascribe responsibility to Israel for the ongoing freeze in the political process between Israel and the Palestinians. Against this backdrop, Israel is coping with the worsening challenge of delegitimization, which is reflected in part by the strengthening of the BDS campaigns waged against it. This has produced conflicts of interest and disputes between Israel and the United States, European nations, and Russia.
This dynamic constellation of challenges prompts the questions: Are the rules of the regional and international game changing? What must Israel do in order to cope with the emerging challenges and the changing strategic environment?
The INSS 9th Annual International Conference will deal with a wide variety of issues of significance for the security policy of Israel, with a focus on these questions. Researchers, decision makers, and shapers of public opinion from Israel and around the world will participate in these discussions.
Among the topics to be discussed: the implications of the nuclear deal with Iran; the effects of superpower involvement in the Middle East – the increasing Russian presence in the region and the growing tendency of the United States to distance itself from the arena; an analysis of the recently formulated IDF strategy; means of coping with Salafi jihadi Islam and extremist trends in the region; changes in the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; civil-military relations; and the implications of the global migration and refugee phenomenon.
The INSS 9th International Conference in the Annual Series
“Security Challenges of the 21st Century”
In the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin, President of the State of Israel
President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin
President of the State of Israel
INSS Executive Team
Frank Lowy AC
Chairman of the Board of Directors, INSS
Director of INSS
Managing Director of INSS
John R. Allen
Co-Director of the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence
Minister of Education
Abby Joseph Cohen
Senior investment strategist and Partner at Goldman Sachs, NY
Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot
IDF Chief of the General Staff
Minister of Public Security, Strategic Affairs and Public diplomacy
Abraham H. Foxman
National Director Emeritus, Anti-Defamation League
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yoav Galant
Minister of Construction and Housing
Amb. Dore Gold
Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Member of the Kneset,
Leader of the Opposition
International Fellow, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a Senior Fellow, BICOM and the Jewish People Policy Institute
Co-leader, Zionist Union Party
Member of the Kneset
Minister of Justice
Amb. Wendy R. Sherman
Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, former US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Chief US Negotiator with Iran
Daniel B. Shapiro
United States Ambassador to Israel
Minister of Defense
Executive Director, The Center for Strategic Communication (STRATIM)
Chairman of the Board of Governors of Ariel University
Founder, Chairman of the Board, and President of Beilink International Affairs Ltd
Hon. Michèle Flournoy
Chief Executive Officer, CNAS
Special Advisor, FRS, Paris, Chairman, IISS, London
Director, President and CEO,Wilson Center
Associate Editor and Columnist, The Washington Post
Executive Director, IISS-Middle East
James Franklin Jeffrey
Philip Solondz Distinguished Fellow, Washington Institute