What is a Briefing?


  • Is an INDOOR Briefing/Class/Discussion/Lecture/Workshop that generally runs about 1 to 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.

*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.

ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT – FROM HOME!  Please Note: I have adapted many of my Briefings to Interactive Video Platforms (Meet, Teams, Zoom, etc.)


What is an IntelEdventure, InteliTour, PersonalEncounTour?

IntelEdventures & InteliTours & PersonalEncouTours

  • An IntelEdventure is a Geoplotical OUTDOOR Briefing/Class/Discussion/Lecture/Workshop that can run anywhere from 1 hour to several hours.*
  • You can add an additional IntelEdventure OR you can add an Indoor Briefing to create an InteliTour.
  • An InteliTour can also be combined with an INTERACTIVE conversation with locals to create a PersonalEncounTour.
  • Any of the above are appropriate for groups of 1 to 100.

*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.

ZOOM IN ZOOM OUT – FROM HOME! Please Note: I have adapted many of my IntelEdventures, InteliTours, & PersonalEncounTours to Interactive Video Platforms (Meet, Teams, Zoom, etc.)





Indoor Briefing

The UAE Peace Agreement & The Restructured Middle East

Both the “Abraham Accords” – the peace agreement between Israel and the UAE, as well as the reactions from regional players to the agreement, reflect the current geostrategic condition of the Middle East. An environment which is a result of significant changes that have taken place in the region over the past decade. In this briefing, I will explore how the agreement itself, and the responses to the agreement, represent the new geostrategic construct of the region.

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

Build Your Own GPS to Navigate the Middle East in the 21st Century

At the beginning of the 21st Century an ancient power struggle over the throne, hegemons aspiring to revive empires that have been lost to history, a new, emerging empire, and an ongoing struggle over the path, identity, and, direction – all coincide to generate a “perfect storm” in the Middle East. Who are all these players? How and why do these factors coincide now? How do they currently impact the region? What does the future hold for the Middle East? This two-part briefing will begin “at the beginning “and take us on a journey through a fascinating story that will bring us up to today – the summer of 2020. Along the way, you will learn the core concepts, meet the central players – ancient and modern, and you will learn the language of the Middle East, and know what makes this region tick. These two sessions will provide you the knowledge to “understand the news better “and predict where events may lead!

Indoor Briefing

Changing the Lenses: Diaspora Jews & Israel | A New Framework for Discussion

Israel is becoming a divisive issue within the American Jewish community. Many young people (and not so young) are distancing themselves from Israel. This process damages the connection between American Jews and Israel; Compromises the fabric of the American Jewish Community; Causes tensions within individual families; And in my thesis threatens the future of the Jewish people. Why did this happen? What can be done to address the issue? How can we make Israel a uniting and not dividing issue within the American Jewish community? This lecture explores the underlying issues. And offers a new framework for a constructive, apolitical, and respectful discussion that will strengthen American Jewry’s societal fabric and reaffirm a robust and sustainable connection to Israel and ensure Israel’s place as a unifying entity for the American Jewish Community.

Indoor Briefing

Current Events: Middle East Briefing

An Update & Analysis of the region’s most notable events and how they impact Israel’s geostrategic environment.

Indoor Briefing

Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives (ITME): A Praxis to Address an Acute Educational & 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

Israel’s Northern Front & The Shi’ite Crescent: A Geostrategic Analysis

In December 2004, King Abdullah II of Jordan warned about the dangers of the Iranian Shi’ite Crescent and Iran’s hegemonic vision. In the first two decades of the 21st Century, Iran has made significant progress towards fulfilling its goal of being the dominant regional superpower. The backbone of Iran’s Shi’ite Crescent is a network of armed agents and proxies, including dozens of thousands of non-Iranian Shi’ite militants from across the region. For the last ten years, Iran has been working on building an Iranian Controlled Corridor ‎from Iran through Iraq through Syria through Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea. Iran’s corridor is the most significant military threat Israel is facing. Therefore, Israel has vowed it will do whatever it takes to prevent Iran from securing the passage. How did Iran build this infrastructure? What threat does is hold for Israel and the region? What must be done to ensure the Corridor and the Crescent do not materialize?

Indoor Briefing

Milestones in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A View From The Region

A conventional narrative in the West argues that solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will “bring peace to the Middle East “and will resolve the region’s challenges. The reality is the other way around. It is the Middle East that shapes and impacts the course and path of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This course traces the way developments, trends, and events in the Middle East shaped the trajectory and course of the Conflict. Understanding that offers a platform to promote a productive sustainable arrangement that could provide Israelis and Palestinians a breakthrough from the sad, vicious cycle in which they are caught. No less important, it is a framework for productive conversations that bridge differing and opposing views making Israel a uniting and not dividing factor.

Indoor Briefing

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan & His Quest to Revive The Ottoman Empire

President Erdogan aspires to restore the glory days of the Turkish Ottoman Empire and to rule the Middle East. In less than two decades, he has single-handedly changed the face of Turkey from a secular democracy to an Islamist autocracy. When Erdogan took office as the prime minister in March 2003, he pursued a “zero conflict” policy. Turkey was going to be friends with everyone. Yet, the reality is the opposite. Under President Erdogan, Turkey is engaged in multiple—and severe—conflicts with regional and global powers. However, in his quest for hegemony – as of July 2020, Erdogan can also mark significant achievements. This briefing explores Erdogan’s foreign policy and the current and expected results on the region and on 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 systems. 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

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

Thinking Out of the Box – A Realistic Approach 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 that can leave to a constructive breakthrough in the Arab-Palestinian arena and beyond. For more see my article in Forbes Magazine.

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 a 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.

Intel Tour

Geopolitical Tour of 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

Geopolitical Tour of the 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.

Special Add-ons:  PersonalEncounTours which are interactive conversations via zoom or other video platforms with: Residents that live on the Egyptian or Jordanian border.

Intel Tour

Geopolitical Tour – Gaza Border

Standing in Israel you can see almost half of the Gaza Strip. From the Israeli Gaza border, we will trace the evolution of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict until today. We will delve into events in Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Sinai. How do these domestic and regional events impact the lives of the people in this region – Palestinians and Israelis? The Middle East is a link of chains. This briefing reveals how these links are connected one to the other, and how they impact and shape the Israeli – Palestinian conflict. Understanding the links in the chain offers critical insights. And more important – it provides a platform for out of the box thinking to promote a productive and sustainable arrangement that could hopefully provide Israelis and Palestinians a constructive breakthrough out of the sad, vicious cycle they are caught in.


Special Add-ons:  PersonalEncounTours which are interactive conversations via zoom or other video platforms with: Residents that live on the Gaza Border.

Intel Tour

Geopolitical Tour of the Galilee – 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.


Special Add-ons:  PersonalEncounTours which are interactive conversations via zoom or other video platforms with: Residents that live on the Lebanese border.

Intel Tour

Geopolitical Tour of the 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 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 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.


Special Add-ons:  PersonalEncounTours which are interactive conversations via zoom or other video platforms with: Residents that live in the Golan Heights.

Intel Tour

Jerusalem Geopolitical Tour – 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. On this tour, 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.


Special Add-ons:  PersonalEncounTours which are interactive conversations via zoom or other video platforms with: Residents that live in Jerusalem.

Intel Tour

Geopolitical Tour of the 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.


Special Add-ons:  PersonalEncounTours which are interactive conversations via zoom or other video platforms.

Intel Tour

Two People, One Land, Many Narratives – Tour of The West Bank / Judea & Samaria

” You cannot understand the Middle East without understanding the power of symbols – culturally, emotionally, mentally, religiously, practically, and politically. Symbols are enormously significant because symbols create narratives. And the Middle East to a large extent is about narratives… “

On January 28, 2020, the 45th President of the United States, President Donald Trump published his plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict officially titled “Peace for Prosperity” more widely known as “The Deal of the Century.” This briefing will provide an in-depth review of the plan and will compare it to former proposals and suggested frameworks.

This tour is in the area known as the West Bank – also called, Judea and Samaria. We will travel the region from north to south and east to west. We will explore the reality on the ground and understand what that reality means for any future arrangement.

In addition to traveling and touring in the region, we will meet with the people that live in this highly contested area – Palestinians, Israelis, Samaritans, Christians, Jews, religious, secular, right-wing, left-wing, idealists pragmatists, entrepreneurs, bureaucrats, dreamers, cynics and everything in between.

Through personal meetings and encounters as well as understanding the terrain, the communities, the roads, the people, we will get to intimately understand the geographic and human landscape of this widely contested area.


Special Add-ons:  PersonalEncounTours which are interactive conversations via zoom or other video platforms with: Residents that live in the West Bank.

Intel Tour

007 With a Keyboard WORKSHOP: A Unique Critical Thinking Media Literacy Hands-On 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 

Intel Tour

Inside the Middle East: Intelligence Perspectives

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

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