Israeli Delegation of Experts Visiting New Mexico

Oct 27, 2015

Dr. Eytan Gilboa, IPD Forum


  ALBUQUERQUE, NM — As part of its mission to promote a better dialogue, exchange of views, and deeper understanding of Israel and the Middle East, a delegation from the Israel Public Diplomacy Forum (IPD Forum) is presenting a series of discussions in New Mexico Oct. 27 – 30. Topics will cover US-Israeli relations, the Iran nuclear deal,  Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and trade with Israel. A complete New Mexico schedule is listed below; all events are open to the public.

“The rapid developments in the Middle East are so confusing that it is difficult to understand who is fighting whom, and why,” says Dr. Eytan Gilboa, Chair and Academic Director of IPD Forum. “We are bringing this delegation to the US in an effort to clarify and explain events in Israel and the region, and place them in historical and strategic contexts.”

The delegation’s stop in New Mexico is part of a 10-day series in the US southwest that includes programs in New Mexico (Santa Fe and Albuquerque), Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson), and Colorado (Denver). 

Gilboa says there will be several events, each offering specific discussions around key issues, including the civil wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen; the refugee crisis in Europe; the Iran nuclear deal; and Russia’s military intervention in Syria. Other topics will focus on Israel’s leading technological contributions to natural resources such as water, and business entrepreneurship.  


IPD Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization established to advance international understanding of Israel and the Middle East. Its mission is to promote dialogues and exchanges with communities by creating joint educational programs and events for memberships and audiences of academic, research, civic, media, business and community organizations. Events feature top scholars and experts from diverse fields who offer in-depth analysis and professional commentary on social, economic, business, political, cultural and legal topics.

The delegation will include:

Dr. Eytan Gilboa is the Chair and Academic Director of IPD Forum. He is Professor of Political Science and Communication at Bar-Ilan University, Visiting Professor of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, and Chair of the Israel Communication Association. He is a renowned expert on international communication, public diplomacy and US policy in the Middle East. He received his MA and PhD degrees from Harvard and has been a visiting professor at leading American and European universities. He served as a consultant to the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs. An award-winning author, his most recent book is US-Israel Relations in a New Era: Issues and Challenges after 9/11. Dr. Gilboa contributes op-ed articles to Israeli and international newspapers, and serves as a commentator on both television and radio networks. 

Dr. Ely Karmon is Senior Research Scholar at The International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. His fields of research include political violence, international terrorism, and the strategic influence of terrorism and subversion in the Middle East and worldwide. He has written extensively on global terrorism and is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern and Terrorism issues in the Israeli and foreign media.

Dr. Miriam Haran is head of the MBA Environmental Management Program at the Ono Academic College in Israel. A specialist in environmental management, she serves on the boards of Israel Chemicals Ltd. - Israel’s largest chemical company, and M.A.I. - a major Israeli recycling company of electrical and electronic equipment waste (WEEE). She has advised corporations and government committees, and led research and environmental projects dealing with water and energy. Between 2003-2006 she served as Director General of the Ministry of Environment.

Mr. Leonard Sackstein is a well-known entrepreneur in Israel and will speak on business and trade. He is the Founder and Chairman of Carmit Candy Industries LTD., a leading Israeli manufacturer of confectionery products traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Mr. Sackstein is also Founder and Owner of Lagova Properties Ltd. This company develops and manages an extensive portfolio of commercial, office and industrial property in Israel. He earned his Commerce and LLB degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. 



October 27, 10:30 a.m.

Hosted by: Jewish Community Center

“The Russian Intervention in Syria: The Revival of the Cold War in the Middle East?”

Featured speaker: Dr. Eytan Gilboa

Jewish Community Center, 5520 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

RSVP Required 

Contact: Jewish Community Center,, (505348-4500

Cost: Free 

October 27, 6:30 p.m.

Hosted by: Rotary Club of Albuquerque

“The Disintegration of the Middle East: Implications for the US and the West” 

Featured speaker: Dr. Eytan Gilboa

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town, 800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

RSVP Required

Contact: Ann Singer,

Cost: $35/plate

October 28, 8:30 a.m.

Hosted by: Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

“Trading with Israel: A Modern, Robust and Growing Economy”

Featured speaker: Leonard Sackstein Esq.

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, 1309 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

RSVP Required

Contact: Ellie Rangel, 842-9003 x108

Cost: Free

October 28, 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by: Albuquerque Committee on Foreign Relations

“Israel and its Neighbors: The Dynamics of Coexistence in a Hostile Neighborhood” 

Featured speaker: Dr. Eytan Gilboa

Canyon Club at Four Hills, 911 4 Hills Rd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123

RSVP Required

Contact: Bob 281-1108

Cost: $45/plate

Santa Fe 

October 29, 5:30 p.m.

Hosted by: The Santa Fe Council on International Relations

“The US in the Middle East: Interests and Dilemmas”

Featured speaker: Dr. Eytan Gilboa

The Forum at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michaels Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87505

RSVP Required

Contact: Santa Fe Council on International Relations, 982-4931

Cost: $20 for non-members, $15 for CIR members, no charge for qualified students.