The Abraham Accords

Thursday, May 19, 2022

4:00 pm — 5:30 pm


Open to the Public

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Bill Siegel, Lifelong Peer Learning member, invites Benjamin Rogers, the American Jewish Committee Director of Middle East Initiatives, to discuss the impact of the Abraham Accords on the future of Middle East engagement. Signed in the Fall of 2020, the Abraham Accords are a series of diplomatic agreements between the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco. The conversation will explore how these normalization agreements emerged, their impact on Israeli-Palestinian relations, and their long-term effects throughout the region.

This talk is presented by LP2: The Lifelong Peer Learning Program as a public event for the GC community and beyond.  LPis an initiative administered by the Office of Academic Initiatives and Strategic Innovation.

Benjamin Rogers is the Director for Middle East and North Africa Initiatives with the American Jewish Committee's Department of Policy and Diplomatic Affairs. In this capacity, Rogers supports AJC's diplomatic outreach, policymaking, and Middle East advocacy. Rogers' work regularly takes him to countries across the Arab world, including Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, and the UAE, where he cultivates relationships with political, business, and civil society leaders. Rogers represents AJC worldwide in private briefings with foreign ministries, congressional leaders, and premier universities. Publicly, he regularly engages with international think tanks and news outlets.Rogers has held positions at the Israel Policy Forum, Moshe Dayan Center for Middle East and African Studies, United Nations Development Programme, and Capitol Hill. He holds an M.A. from Tel Aviv University in public policy and Israeli politics and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in political anthropology and archeology.