Middle East Strategic Intelligence Analyst
Eisenhower Institute Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs
I will be in North America for a Spring Lecture Tour from February 7 – March 27, 2017.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or +972-505-409-905 if you would like to invite me to your community!
Hope to see you!
SAMPLE INTEL BRIEFINGS & FIELD BRIEFINGS – Israel & Abroad
The briefings below can be conducted anywhere – indoors or outdoors in Israel or abroad. All briefings can be customized for all age groups, first-timers, seasoned veterans and all knowledge levels.
A Growing Whirlpool of Violence: The Middle East and the Trump Administration
At the beginning of 2017, 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? How is the US viewed by the regional factors? What should the guidelines be for the incoming administration’s policy in the Middle East? An insider’s look into the current multi-dimensional reality, one that presents both challenges as well as opportunities. This lecture outlines the legacy of the Obama administration and offers guidelines to the incoming Trump administration. (Below is an unedited video of a lecture Avi gave the night AFTER the 2016 presidential election at the University of Scranton. It was the first lecture Avi gave outlining President Obama’s legacy in the Middle East and offering guidelines to the incoming administration. It takes a few minutes to load and since it is unedited you see some of the set up so if you want to watch it please be patient for a few minutes as it loads and the room is set up)
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
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. The turbulence, generated by the eruption of decades of unrest and growing tensions continues to rock the Arab and Muslim world and is generating changes across the region. From Israel and the West Bank and Gaza, Egypt to Africa, Turkey to Central Asia, we face a dramatically different, unstable and constantly changing environment with hazards and opportunities. This briefing gives the background to today’s current events, focuses on up to date, real time analysis of unfolding events in the Arab and Muslim world and throughout the region, their current and projected impact on the local, regional and global level and provides a “road map” to predict where the future might lead…
Click above to watch Avi on WVIA Public Television
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
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
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 the factors involved in the war, why the conflict is so significant and what are the ramifications on the region in general and on Israel in particular. The briefing includes up-to-date information and videos the average individual does not have access to.
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 in any environment anywhere in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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)
FIELD BRIEFINGS &
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 suicide bombers.
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.
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 “Pillar of Defense.” 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.
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 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 discuss the innumerable inner rifts within Syria, the potential for the “Sinaization” of the Golan, the sources and impact of Assad’s allegiances and alliances from the FSU to Iran and how this impacts Israel’s current and future behavior and outlook.
Israel Update – Build Your Database
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).
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 delve into the complexity of Jerusalem, explore the specific issues related to Jerusalem such as its borders, its geography, demography, political structure, its strategic importance and more.
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 future of Lebanon and the ramifications on the region.
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 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.
What is the difference between a Briefing and an Intelligence Tour?
Intelligence Tours can be from 2 hours to a full day and consist of more than one location, thus giving additional perspectives on the topic and leaving more time for questions and discussion.
An Intelligence Tour can also be a combination of a Field Briefing and an Indoor Briefing in one area. For example, you could do an Indoor Briefing and a Field Briefing in Jerusalem.
An Intelligence Tour can be a combination of different Field Briefings. For example, a two-hour tour to the Sharon area combines The Israel Update – Build Your Database and The Anti-Terror Fence.
An Intelligence Tour can focus on a specific topic from different locations. For example, a four-hour tour in the Golan Heights covers the issue of the Syrian Border from different locations in the Golan Heights which highlight different issues and different aspects.
An Intelligence Tour can also be done in one region or multiple regions and can be with vehicles or helicopters or a mixture of both.
All briefings and tours can be customized for all age groups and all knowledge levels.