The theme of this year's Annual International Conference is

"Strategic Assessment for Israel: A Look at the Coming Decade."

The conference will explore the security challenges and opportunities

of the next decade through four principal avenues:


Opening Night (by Invite Only)

The Opening Night will be broadcast live

6:00     Cocktail Reception and Dinner

7:00     Greeting: Sir Frank Lowy, Chairman, INSS Board of Directors

             Maj. Gen. Tamir Hayman, Chief of Defence Intelligence

             The Day after Soleimani - A New Middle East?

              Moderator: Amb. Martin Indyk

              Gen. (ret) John Allen, Amb. Barbara Leaf, Dr. Richard Haass, Gen (ret.) Joseph Votel and Gen. (ret.) Amos                      Yadlin

             Dr. Avihai Mandelblit, Attorney General of Israel

9:00     Dessert


The Next Decade in the Global Arena

09:00   Doors Open

09:20   ‬Opening Remarks, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin

09:30   ‬Minister of Defense, Naftali Bennett

09:50   How the World Went from Flat to Fast to Smart to Deep, Mr. Thomas Friedman, The New York Times

10:15   Will We Long for the Outgoing Decade? State Secretary at the Federal Foreign Office , Amb. Andreas                             Michaelis

10:25   World Order: Strategic Competition and Dysfunction

             Moderator: Amb. Dr. Oded Eran

             Dr. Stanley Fischer, Dr. Michael Doran, Prof. Irina Zvyagelskaya, and Amb. Andreas Michaelis

11:10    China and the West, H.R. McMaster, Former National Security Adviser

12:00   Fake News in a Post-Truth Era

             Moderator: Ms. Inbal Orpaz

             Dr. Tehilla Shwartz-Altshuler, Dr. Liraz Margalit and Brig. Gen. (ret.) Itai Brun

12:40   Lunch

1:30     Innovative Technologies and National Security

             Moderator: Mr. Yonatan Adiri

             Dr. Liran Antebi, Prof. Uri Shani, Dr. Ido Batzelet, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Nadav Zafrir and Dr. Nadia Schadlow

2:30     Air Power Next - The Future of Combat Air, Ms. Erin Moseley, VP Business Development & Strategy,                               Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

The Next Decade in the Regional Arena

2:45     Perspectives from Washington and Jerusalem

             Moderator: Dr. Anat Kurz

             Mr. David Schenker and Mr. Zohar Palti

3:15     Voices from the Middle East

             Conversation Between Mr. Khader Sawaed and Dr. Sarah Feuer

3:35     Assessing  the Deal of the Century, 

             Conversation between MK Gideon Sa'ar and Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin

4:15     The View from US CENTCOM, Gen. (ret.) Joseph L. Votel

4:40      Discussing Syria

             Conversion between Amb. Prof. Itamar Rabinovich and Prof. Francois Heisbourg

5:00     Syria: Back to the Future?

             Moderator: Dr. Vera Michlin-Shapir    

             Dr. Jonathan Spyer, Dr. Can Kasapoglu, Ms. Jennifer Cafarella and Dr. Carmit Valensi

5:45    Break - Research Gallery

6:15     War Game: The Northern Arena

             Moderator: Brig. Gen. (ret.) Itai Brun

             Gen. (ret.) Joseph L. Votel, Gen. (ret.) John R. Allen, Lt. Col. (ret.) Orna Mizrahi, Dr. Igor Yurgens, Maj. Gen.

             (res.)  Nitsan Alon and Ms. Shimrit Meir

7:00     Commanders Debriefing

             Moderator: Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

             Lt. Gen. (ret.) Gadi Eisenkot and Gen. (ret.) David Petraeus

7:20    MK Lt. Gen. (ret.) Benny Gantz, Head of Blue and White

7:40     Cocktail (Reception Invitees Only)


Israel's Foreign Affairs and Security Challenges

8:30      Doors Open

8:55      Opening Remarks. Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

9:00   ‬   U.S Government Sanctions in 2020: Priorities and Strategies

             Conversation between Mr. David Peyman and Dr. Raz Zimmt

9:20      Iran vs. US: Escalation or Negotiation?

             Moderator: Ms. Sima Shine

             Dr. Michael Doran, Ms. Holly Dagres, Amb. Eric Danon and Maj. Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland

10:10   Antisemitism: A Global Problem

             Moderator: Ms. Adi Kantor

             Prof. Yehuda Bauer and Dr. Sharon Nazarian

10:50   Strategic Assessment for Israel 2020

             Conversation between Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin and Mr. Yoav Limor

11:20    Interview with Minister of Energy

              Conversation between Dr. Yuval Steinitz and Amb. Dr. Oded Eran

11:45   National Security Index: Public Opinion Survey, Dr. Zipi Israeli

12:15   The Keys to the Palestinian Arena

             Moderator: Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

             Dr. Ronit Marzan , Dr. Kobi Michael, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Gershon Hacohen and Amb. Daniel B. Shapiro

1:00      Solutions for Gaza

             Conversation between Mr. Nickolay Mladenov and Brig. Gen. (res.) Udi Dekel

1:20      Lunch

2:20     Views from the Arab World: Trends and Trajectories

             Moderator: Dr. Sarah Feuer
             Amb. Dana Shell Smith and Amb. Barbara A. Leaf

A Look Inward: Changes within Israeli Society

3:00     Israel's Arab Community: Integration vs. Particularism

             Moderator: Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Meir Elran

             Dr. Mohammer Alnabari, Prof. Mohammad Essawi and Ms. Ola Nagmi Yusef

              Tal Shalev, The Chief Political and Diplomatic Correspondent for Walla! News, interviews:

3:50      Interview with Minister of Aliyah and Integration, Yoav Galant

4:10      Interview with MK Nitzan Horowitz, Leader of Meretz Party

4:30      Interview with MK Avigdor Liberman, Leader of Yisrael Beiteinu Party

4:50      Interview with MK Yair Lapid, Head of Yesh Atid Party and member of Blue and White's Leadership

5:10      Break - Research Gallery

6:00      The Future of Israel as a Zionist Entity

             Moderator: Col. (res.) Adv. Pnina Sharvit Baruch

             Adv. Talia Sasson, Dr. Assaf Malach, Lt. Col. (ret.) Avital Leibovich and Dr. Lior Alperovich

6:45     The Response to the Chances of an Escalation in 2020

             Conversation between Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin and Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva, commander of

             the Operations Directorate

7:15      Closing Remarks