Israel to be focus of live conversation between Middle East scholar and foreign affairs columnist

As part of the Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences program at Vassar College, Middle East scholar Steven Cook from the Council on Foreign Relations will interview foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens from the Wall Street Journal on the topic “Why I Support Israel and Why You Should Too,” on Tuesday, September 20, at 5:30pm in the Villard Room of Main Building. This event is free and open to the public.

Stephens earned the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2013 for his “Global View” column in the Wall Street Journal. He also serves as the Journal’s deputy editorial page editor directing its international opinion pages, and he is a member of the outlet’s editorial board. Stephens joined the Journal in 1998 as an op-ed editor before an assignment to Brussels the following year, where he wrote editorials and edited a column on the European Union. He left to become editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, eventually returning to the Journal to report from around the globe. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, his honors include the South Asian Journalists Association award for his writing on the Kashmir earthquake.

Vassar alumnus Steven A. Cook is the Eni Enrico Mattei senior fellow for Middle East and Africa studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, the independent, nonpartisan think tank that publishes the highly regarded magazine Foreign Affairs. Cook is an expert on Arab and Turkish politics as well as U.S.-Middle East policy. His most recent books are The Struggle for Egypt: From Nasser to Tahrir Square and Ruling But Not Governing: The Military and Political Development in Egypt, Algeria, and Turkey He publishes widely, is a frequent commentator on radio and television, and writes the blog From the Potomac to the Euphrates. Cook was earlier a research fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Since 2014 the college’s “Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences” program has supported a wide variety of activities that examine controversial issues facing Vassar and society at large. 

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, August 25, 2016