Israel's National Security Challenges in the Changing Middle East: TAU & INSS Joint Summer Program

Israel's National Security Challenges in the Changing Middle East: TAU & INSS Joint Summer Program

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Summer 2019

Program Dates: July 26 (Arrival) - August 16 (Check Out), 2019

Dates including orientation days, for program dates please go to curriculum tab

Academic Credits: 6 credits

Application Deadline: June 30, 2019

The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) is Israel’s leading independent, non-partisan think tank focusing on issues of national security. Ranked among the world's 50 leading think tanks in national security, INSS conducts innovative, policy oriented research with a diverse team of researchers, many of which held senior positions in Israel's security and government institutions, and all of whom have strong backgrounds in security, international relations, and public policy. INSS is a feeding ground for learning about out-of-the-box viewpoints and policies, world renowned experts of the Middle East.


INSS has teamed with TAU to offer an exciting joint summer program. This program is tailored to give students a comprehensive understanding of the ever-changing Middle East. Throughout the program we will explore the various shifts that have occurred in the region in the last 8 years: political, societal, religious and economic. The program brings together a unique combination of leading academic experts and experienced senior practitioners from the Department of Middle Eastern African History, the International MA Program in Middle Eastern Studies (MAMES) at Tel Aviv University and the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) who will share their experience and knowledge with the students and provide the students with an intellectual experience from a very different angle and perspective.


The program is comprised of three separate intensive courses, each one lasting 5 days. Courses will be enriched by an academic field trip which will take place on the last day of each course. In addition, further in-depth comprehension of the security situations will be exercised via simulations. Each simulation will be tailored to the course itself. Students are expected to participate in all courses and activities.


The program will kick off with a lecture by an Israeli former senior official that will provide the students with a broad strategic analysis about the current trends and challenges in the Middle East. The INSS Director General, MG. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, will give the closing lecture of the program with a concluding Israeli strategic assessment.

In addition to coursework, TAU International offers social and cultural activities conducted by TAU International’s Student Life Team (Madrichim).


For the program's brochure, click here.



Past Student Testimonials

“Amazing program and experience! Well organized! The program let me understand the actual situation of the Middle East and the role of Israel in the region. It contributed to my strategic way of thinking.”

“One of the most interesting and high-level courses I have ever attended. Great opportunity, great lecturers, great analysis.”

“It was a privilege and a delight and I think everyone who is interested in the conflicts of the Middle East should attend this program!”

“An overall once in a lifetime opportunity I was thankful to have!”

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