What is a Briefing?

A BRIEFING

  • Is an INDOOR lecture / workshop / discussion that typically runs about 1 and 1/2 hours.
  • Can be done anywhere in the world.
  • Can be over breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner, a drink or as a stand-alone lecture and is appropriate for groups of 1 to 1,000.
  • Can be combined with an Intelligence Tour.

EACH BRIEFING & INTEL TOUR CAN BE CUSTOMIZED TO THE SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE LEVEL & PARTICULAR INTEREST OF AN INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP.

What is an Intelligence Tour?

AN INTELLIGENCE TOUR

  • Is an OUTDOOR lecture / workshop / discussion that can run time-wise anywhere from 1 and a 1/2 hours, to a half-day, full day, to multiple days.
  • Depending on time and budget, an Intelligence Tour can also consist of a more than one location or can also be a combination of an indoor briefing and an Intelligence Tour.
  • An Intelligence Tour is appropriate for groups of 1 to 100 and can be with vehicles or helicopters or a mixture of both.

PLEASE NOTE

The most important part of the briefing for me is the dialogue – so depending on the allocated time frame, I always adjust the time of my presentation to leave plenty of time for Question & Answers.

For suggested Intelligence Tour combinations please click here.

BRIEFINGS | IN ISRAEL AND ABROAD

INTEL TOURS | IN ISRAEL ONLY

Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives (ITME): A Praxis to Address an Acute Educational – and Societal Challenge

The Middle East at 2019 ~ Approaching A Watershed **NEW**

Crescent of Fire and Change 

The Middle East The Game of Pawns

A Growing Whirlpool of Violence: The Middle East and the Trump Administration

The War in Syria and the Realigning Middle East

The United States Must Revolutionize its Understanding of the Middle East

Your Personal GPS to Navigate the Middle East in the 21st Century

Thinking Out of the Box - A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

007 With a Keyboard: A Unique Workshop - Learn HOW to Think, not WHAT to Think…

The Knight and The Dragon: BDS and Anti-Israel sentiments

Book Talk: Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Place on Earth

The Middle East Doesn’t Speak English - Arab Perspectives on Israel and the Conflict

Reign of Fear: The Ideological Roots Radical Islam

Arab-Israeli Conflict – Build Your Database

The Jet Pilot wears a Veil: Women and the Arab Awakening

The Gaza Challenge: Is there a Light at the end of the Tunnel?

Dancing Salsa with Niqab* - The Struggle over Path, Identity and Direction in the Arab World

Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives

Inside the Middle East Video Recording of Lecture on 11/16/2016

Making Sense of the Most Dangerous & Complicated Region on Earth ~ Video Recording of Lecture 10/14/15

Shifting Sands: Charting Israel's Future - AJC New York ~ Video Recording of Lecture May 2015

2014 Diplomat's Forum | Avi Melamed, University of Kansas School of Law ~ Video of Lecture

Indoor Briefing

Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives (ITME): A Praxis to Address an Acute Educational – and Societal Challenge

 

For the past generation, America’s Middle East policy has primarily been a chronology of failures. These failures – and many others, do not stem from a lack of resources, capacity, or gifted individuals. They stem from a more fundamental and systemic flaw. What is that flaw? What are its ramifications? How can its source be addressed? What tools, skills and mindset are required? How does ITME create this shift? What is the feedback we receive from participants? What lessons do ITME graduates take way? This lecture explores the essence of the challenge and outlines a methodology to create a paradigm shift in the way people understand the Middle East. For more, see my article in The Hill

Indoor Briefing

Middle East 2019 ~ Approaching A Watershed **NEW**

 

Since the Iranian Mullah regime seized power in Iran in 1979, their goal has been to become the regional superpower.  Over the last decade, Iran has increased its attempt to establish its crescent of influence, described by King Abdullah II of Jordanian as “The Shiite Crescent.” The Iranian regime has stated that their policy to build and control a land corridor stretching from Iran to the Mediterranean Sea is “vital for Iran’s strategic interest and national security.” Due to regional and global events, Iran’s Corridor – which would ensure constant instability and increased bloodshed – was a foregone conclusion.  And that development, as the King of Jordan warned – is very bad news for the region. And I will add – especially Israel.  However, as we exit 2018 and enter 2019, regional and global developments may result in a change of course and the process of Iranian expansion  – once thought seemingly inevitable – might actually be curtailed.

What generates this change? Who are the major players in this unfolding, dynamic, and pivotal episode and what do they want? Can we “rest easy”? And if so – for how long? How would preventing this corridor impact the rapidly changing political map of the Middle East? How would the reduction in Iranian power impact Israel’s geopolitical horizons?

Indoor Briefing

Crescent of Fire and Change

 

At the beginning of 2018, the Iranian Mullah regime’s vision of a Shi’ite Crescent that stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean approaches a critical junction. What are the ideological roots of that vision? What happened over the past four decades that allowed the Mullah regime to further their mission? What are the current dimensions of the Shi’ite Crescent? What are its characteristics? Will it be completed? What are the current, possible and predicted ramifications of the Iranian’s completion of the Crescent? An up-to-date, in-depth and behinds the scenes look into one of the major factors that will shape the Middle East deep into the 21st Century.

Indoor Briefing

The Middle East: The Game of Pawns

 

A smoking volcano erupted into the Arab Awakening – and the aftershocks, including the War in Syria, the widening Sunni-Shi’ite rift, and the escalating Arab-Persian power struggle have brought about a tectonic plate movement that is shaping a new Middle East. My newest lecture, and the theme of my 2017 North American Lecture Tour, will take you beyond the headlines and on a complex and fascinating journey deep into the heart and minds of the Big Players and their Proxies and Pawns. Who are the major players? Who serves them? How do the proxies and pawns impact the reality of millions of people? Who really benefits from the existence of ISIS? How do factors like the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah, the Palestinian Sunni Hamas, and Iraqi Shi’ite Militias view their role and place in the new Middle East? In the Middle East nothing exists in a vacuum – everything is connected, like links in a chain. The Game of Pawns gives you the map to follow the links and the lenses to see the multidimensional, multi-faceted reality of the Middle East today.

Indoor Briefing

A Growing Whirlpool of Violence: 

 

In 2018 the Middle East is spinning in a growing whirlpool of violence. What was the role of the Obama administration in the shaping of the Middle East today? What is the legacy of the Obama administration’s Middle East policy? How is the US viewed by the regional factors? What is the Middle East policy of the current Trump administration? What are the domestic, regional and global ramifications of the current US policy in the Middle East? An insider’s look into the current multi-dimensional reality, one that presents both challenges as well as opportunities. 

Indoor Briefing

The War in Syria and the Realigning Middle East

 

The war in Syria is one of the most dramatic events in the history of the Middle East. The ramifications will be global and the outcome of the war will play a substantial role in the shaping of the region and the future of the Middle East and the world. This briefing explores what led to the conflict, the factors involved in the war, why the conflict is so significant, the ramifications on the region in general and on Israel in particular, and where the conflict is heading…

Indoor Briefing

The United States Must Revolutionize its Understanding of the Middle East

 

For the past generation, America’s Middle East policy has primarily been a chronology of failures. These failures and many others certainly do not stem from a lack of resources, capacity, or gifted individuals. They stem from a more fundamental flaw. What is the flaw and what is the solution? That’s what this lecture is all about… For more see my article in The Hill  

Indoor Briefing

Your Personal GPS to Navigate the Middle East in the 21st Century

 

In the second decade of the 21st Century the 20th Century Middle East disappears, and a new yet, at the same time an old Middle East emerges. This briefing provides a comprehensive understanding of the Middle East today including the background to today’s events, real time analysis of unfolding events in the Arab and Muslim world, their current and projected impact on the local, regional and global level, and provides you the tools, a “road map” or a “GPS” so you can navigate events on your own to predict where the future may lead….

Indoor Briefing

Thinking Out of the Box – A Realistic Solution To The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

 

A generation has passed since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians. Oslo was guided by the concept that the two-state solution would finally resolve the conflict—but two decades later, Israelis and Palestinians remain caught in a sad, frustrating and vicious cycle that must be broken. In this lecture I offer an outside-the-box approach which can leave to a constructive breakthrough in the Arab-Palestinian arena and beyond. For more see my article in Forbes Magazine.

Indoor Briefing

007 With a Keyboard: A Unique Workshop – Learn HOW to Think, not WHAT to Think…

 

A workshop that creates media literate critical thinkers who will question information and implement professional intelligence skills of thinking and analysis.

This two-part workshop (can be condensed) is designed to provide the basic tools and terminology of Intelligence Analysis. Participants learn how to evaluate information so they will not accept “narratives” as fact, and will “question what they know.” Through a simple methodological process and hands-on work, by the end of the workshop participants will produce their first professional Intelligence Report.

Part one (60 minutes): Reading Arabic in English – In this session participants practice intelligence gathering through open sources from the Middle East and learn to apply and develop media literacy skills.

Part Two (90 Minutes): 007 With a Keyboard – In this session participants are provided with simple, useful critical thinking terminology and tools. They learn to look at and analyze information as a professional intelligence professional and they practice writing their first Intelligence Report.

This is the same methodology I use in my revolutionary program, Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives under the auspices of the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College.

Indoor Briefing

The Knight and The Dragon: BDS and Anti-Israel sentiments

 

This briefing offers unique, thought-provoking and insightful reflections and observations regarding the reasons and the environment which gave birth to BDS and anti-Israel sentiment within Western circles. This lecture provides a better understanding of the challenge and offers a more meaningful and productive counter to anti-Israel arguments which are applicable to any environment anywhere in the world.

Indoor Briefing

Book Talk: Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Place on Earth

 

The intention of this lecture is to explain the background and conditions of the central events that are taking place in Arab societies in the middle of the second decade of the 21st century; to examine the processes and streams and players that are involved in shaping the face of Arab societies at this time; and to outline the possible repercussions and results – including obviously the ramifications on Israel’s geostrategic environment – of what is currently taking place within the Arab states.

Indoor Briefing

The Middle East Doesn’t Speak English – Arab Perspectives on Israel and the Conflict

 

Decades of working and being deeply immersed in the Arab World provides me with unique understanding, insight and most important – access to the Arab world.  It is almost impossible for Westerners to understand that there are places in the world that truly think differently and act according to a world view and a set of principles that are completely foreign to the Western mindset. This lecture provides a behind the scenes view of Arab writers, thinkers, journalists, media personalities and the Arab street and their complex relationship with Israel.

Indoor Briefing

Reign of Fear: The Ideological Roots Radical Islam

 

This lecture gives an in-depth look at the ideological and spiritual sources of contemporary radical Sunni Islam and the potential impact of radical Islam on the regional and global political system. We will explore the ideological sources, modus operandi, similarities and differences, etc. between Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, ISIS, Jabhat-al Nusra, Salafi groups, and others sprouting up throughout the region and the world.

Indoor Briefing

Arab-Israeli Conflict – Build Your Database

 

This briefing focuses on building or strengthening the building-blocks of knowledge critical for understanding contemporary Israel and the Middle East.

Indoor Briefing

The Jet Pilot wears a Veil: Women and the Arab Awakening

 

This briefing focuses on the impact and ramifications of the Arab Awakening on the transformation of women’s role and status within Arab societies, politics and culture. Together we’ll explore an amazing, multi-faceted picture of the challenges and prospects the Arab Awakening presents to women in the Arab world.

Indoor Briefing

The Gaza Challenge: Is there a Light at the end of the Tunnel?

 

This briefing offers up to the minute geostrategic perspectives and aspects of the situation in the Gaza Strip, explores the background, and the future impact on the region. How and why is the reality in the Gaza Strip – and therefore the reality in Israel – shaped in remote arenas? Who are the players involved? What are their interests? What are the current ramifications and possible short-term and long term outcomes? Is there a potential for a positive “day after” for both Israelis and Palestinians?

Indoor Briefing

Dancing Salsa with Niqab* – The Struggle over Path, Identity and Direction in the Arab World

 

This briefing tells the untold story in the Arab world today. What we are witnessing in front of our very eyes is a struggle over the path, identity and direction of the Arab world. This lecture presents the factors involved – their ideologies, outlooks, visions and goals We will look at how this struggle is playing out, influencing events throughout the region and what the ramifications will be on the people in the Middle East – including Israel.

*(*a veil an observant Muslim woman wears to cover her face) 

Indoor Briefing

Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives

INSIDE THE MIDDLE EAST

Intelligence Analysis Techniques

Media Assessment & Critique

360⁰ Predictive Skills

Historical & Holistic Knowledge of the Middle East

                                                        …

The Antidote for Partisan, Biased, “Fake” News & Myopic Vision

“Inside the Middle East” is a tool kit for motivated students and practitioners.

Learn from Avi Melamed, Fellow for Intelligence and Middle East Affairs at The Eisenhower Institute and former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs, and other multi-lingual, multi-racial practitioners. ITME teaches you to separate the wheat from the chaff, think critically, challenge popular tropes, evaluate primary sources and apply these skills to fast-breaking, real world issues.

ITME doesn’t teach WHAT to think – ITME teaches HOW to think.

Program opportunities:

  • Year-and semester-long academic program (with or without Middle East trip)
  • Multi-day seminar
  • Colloquia
  • Trainings
  • Speeches

Indoor Briefing

Inside the Middle East  ~ Video Recording of Lecture on 11/16/2016

Click on Image below to watch the lecturehttps://portal.stretchinternet.com/scrantonadmin/portal.htm?eventId=325251&streamType=video

Indoor Briefing

Making Sense of the Most Dangerous & Complicated Region on Earth ~ Video Recording of Lecture 10/14/15

Indoor Briefing

Shifting Sands: Charting Israel’s Future – AJC New York ~ Video Recording of Lecture May 2015, Broadcast by Jewish Broadcasting Services

Indoor Briefing

2014 Diplomat’s Forum | Avi Melamed, University of Kansas School of Law ~ Video of Lecture

Intel Tour

Building the Database to Understand Israel and the Middle East Today 

 

This briefing focuses on building or strengthening the building-blocks of knowledge critical for understanding contemporary Israel and the Middle East. Terms like “West Bank,” “Settlements,” “The Anti-Terror Fence,” “The Green Line,” “Defensible Borders,” and “Israel’s Narrow Waist” are more tangible because you see them on the ground. 

(Excellent briefing for any point in an individual or group trip, especially effective in the beginning of a course, trip, Mission, etc. because it focuses on understanding the Israeli and Middle East map and building a solid regional database on which to study and learn about Israel and the Middle East).

Intel Tour

Jerusalem – Seeing is the Key to Understanding

 

When it seems like the Old City, East and West Jerusalem are in the palm of your hand, when in one glance you overlook The Anti-Terror Fence and Bethlehem, and when you can see Ramallah, Tel Aviv and the Dead Sea from the one spot you begin to build a holistic and comprehensive picture of the region and can better grapple with the real issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In this briefing we will build our lexicon and database necessary to understand Israel and the contemporary Middle East, delve into the complexity of Jerusalem, and explore the specific issues related to Jerusalem such as its borders, its geography, demography, political structure, its strategic importance and more.

Intel Tour

The Anti-Terror Fence (In Jerusalem or along Road 6 in the Sharon Region)

Like many other countries like Sudan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, Israel has built a protective fence. Whether in Jerusalem or along Road 6, visiting the Anti-Terror Fence provides a framework to explore the myriad of on-the-ground-security issues Israel grapples with, including the challenge of suicide bombers.  We will discuss why the Fence was built and its impact and I will share behind the scenes stories regarding the way Israel confronts the challenge of terrorism and suicide bombers.

Intel Tour

Gaza Border

 

Standing in Israel you can see almost half of the Gaza Strip. That is when you begin to understand the security challenges of the southern region in a different way.  On the Gaza border we will discuss the security threat this region has been subject to for decades and explore the origins and the aftermath of Israel’s latest attempt to “stop the rockets” – Operation “Protective Edge.”  We will delve into the Arab Spring / Arab Awakening and discuss how events in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the Sinai impact the Hamas leadership in Gaza and the lives of the Palestinians living there.  We will also explore how the ever-evolving alliances, allegiances and conflicts impact and influence Palestinian identity, the Palestinian narrative and ambitions, the Fatah-Hamas relationship and the dynamic between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab world.

Intel Tour

Golan Heights (Syrian Border)

 

The Golan Heights has been Israel’s calmest border.  Current events put the future of the security future of this area in question.  The war in Syria, one of the the most significant events in the history of the Middle East, has been brewing for generations – it is ripping apart the fabric of the society and putting the future of the region in question.  Standing on the border, a mere twenty miles from Damascus, we will explore in depth the war in Syria, discuss the potential for the “Sinaization” of the Golan, understand the sources and impact of Assad’s allegiances and alliances from the Russia to Turkey to Iran, and how the war impacts Syria, the region including Israel’s current and future behavior and outlook and the world.

Intel Tour

Lebanese Border

 

The view from Israel into Lebanon is breathtaking.  However, external forces and inner struggles have wrenched this county for generations.  Standing on the border we will delve deeper into the history of the country and the area, explore the major forces that play a role in this struggling country, see and understand the impact of the primary players including Hezbollah, Iran, and Syria on southern Lebanon and Israel and understand why the complex fiber of Lebanon and Lebanese society makes it fertile ground for continuing violence and chaos.  It is against this backdrop that we will discuss the current atmosphere in the country, the impact on Israel’s geostrategic posture, the future of Lebanon and the ramifications on the region.

Intel Tour

Egyptian and Jordanian Borders

 

Eilat, located on the Red Sea, occupies one of the most strategic and least explored security regions in Israel. Eilat borders Jordan – Israel’s most peaceful border, the Sinai desert – which has become more and more threatening as terror groups and weapons flow freely, and Eilat is only a stones-throw from Saudi Arabia – the most powerful player in the all-important Arabian Gulf.  Eilat is the perfect location to discuss the geopolitical environment in the Arabian Peninsula and their largest concern – the Iranian nuclear project.  We will use the platform to discuss the domestic environment in Jordan and the thus far, stability of the Monarchies from Jordan through the Gulf, in the Arab Spring / Arab Awakening.  We will explore the challenges Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and all the countries sitting at the gateway to Africa face from the Sinai and the continent beyond.

Intel Tour

Sinai Border

 

Egypt and Israel have had a Peace Treaty since 1979, yet this is one of Israel’s most challenging borders. Events in Egypt and in the Sinai have direct ramifications on Israel’s security environment.  Standing on the Sinai border we will discuss events in Egypt, the biggest and most important Arab state, the Arab Spring / Arab Awakening, the environment in the Sinai and its impact on events in the Gaza Strip, and the complicated relationships in the area. We will explore the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood, the security challenges Israel faces in the proliferation of militant groups in the Sinai, outline Egypt’s major challenges and its struggle – for the first time – to forge a consensus and a national identity. We will look at where is Egypt heading and how events across the Sinai Peninsula, Africa and beyond impact Israel on multiple levels including the social, security and economic arenas.

To Inquire about Briefings / Tours

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avi@avimelamed.com

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+972-505-409-905

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