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Understanding Israel: The Arab Spring, A Discussion with Malcolm Hoenlein and Joseph Braude

Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, pundits, politicians, and casual observers have all wondered and speculated what the effects of the uprisings will mean for Israel.  Will the peace-treaty with Egypt hold? What will happen on the Syrian border?  What is going on with Israel’s own Arab population?

In this episode of Understanding Israel I speak with Malcolm Hoenlein (left), vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Joseph Braude (right), author and Middle East scholar, about how the historical turn of events in the Middle East has already and may continue to impact the Jewish state.



Rob Lattin

Rob Lattin recently completed his Master's in International Affairs at the City College of New York, where he won the Frank Owarish prize for graduating at the top of his class. His thesis explored Democratic Peace Theory and its applicability to small powers, and used the relationship between Turkey and Israel as its case study. Rob received his B.A. in Near Eastern Studies and Political Science, graduating from the University of Arizona with honors.

Rob has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East and has lived in Haifa, Israel. In addition to blogging for FPB, he is the Foreign Affairs Correspondent for He currently splits his time between Washington D.C. and New York City.