Israeli soldier turned scholar to speak Feb. 8 on security issues



Efraim Inbar, professor of political studies atBar-IlanUniversityinIsrael, will deliver a lecture titledIsraels Security Environmentat 8 p.m.Thursday (Feb. 8) in Room C-103 of theHesburghCenterat the University of Notre Dame. Presented by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the event is free and open to the public.

Prior to his current reserve post at the Israel Defense Force (IDF) College of Staff and Command, Inbar served as a paratrooper in the IDF. His area of academic specialization is Middle Eastern strategic issues with a focus on the politics and strategy of Israeli national security.

Inbar plans to discuss the impact of broader developments in the Middle East on Israeli security and U.S.-Israel relations. He brings a combination of military and political experience to his perspective on contemporary issues such as the war in Iraq, the political upheaval in Lebanon and the rise of Iran.

A native ofRomania, Inbar received his doctorate at theUniversityofChicago. Among other appointments, he served as a visiting professor atJohnsHopkinsUniversityandGeorgetownUniversity, and he has frequently lectured at numerous institutions around the world. Inbar is the author of four books, includingYitzhak Rabin andIsraels National Security,and more than 50 scholarly articles. Director of theBegin-SadatCenterfor Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan, he also is a columnist for the Jerusalem Post and widely quoted in the international press.

* Contact: * _Keir Lieber, department of political science, 574-631-0379,

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