Middle East Update Topic for First Friday Forum

(Courtesy of Dr. Raphael Danziger)
Dr. Raphael Danziger is the guest speaker for the April First Friday Forum. His topic is called, Middle East Update. The Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church sponsors the free, monthly online forums.

    “We can look for significant changes occurring in the Middle East this year,” said Dr. Raphael Danziger. He will discuss these when speaking at the First Friday Forum (FFF) lecture series, sponsored by the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church, with the topic, Middle East Update.  
    The speaking event is online April 9 at 10 a.m. While this monthly event is typically on the “first Friday,” please note this April event will be on the second Friday since Good Friday falls on the first Friday of the month.
    Danziger has lectured extensively on the Middle East. 
    “The United States, still a key player in the region, is already in the process of fundamentally revising its regional policy under President Biden,” he said. “America’s new policy and its implications throughout the region will be the focus of our briefing.”
    Danziger is a senior research advisor to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and editor-in-chief emeritus of their newsletter, Near East Report. He has published a book and many articles on the Middle East and North Africa. His op-eds have appeared in the New York Times and other leading newspapers. The PBS News Hour and other news programs also interviewed him. 
    Holding a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University, he received his MA degree from the University of Washington, Seattle and his B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Danziger was a foreign policy analyst at the American Jewish Congress and taught Modern Middle Eastern history at the University of Haifa in Israel and at the University of Washington. 
    He was also a visiting fellow at Princeton University and a consultant on Middle Eastern affairs at the Hudson Institute.
    Nancy Holtzapple, a member of the FFF team, is happy to have Danziger as its April guest speaker.
    “Dr. Danziger has outstanding qualifications for lecturing about the Middle East, an area of the world where there is much conflict. I’m sure it will be a timely, informative lecture. Be sure to register,” said Holtzapple.
    Registration is required to attend the online forum. Simply go to lopc.org/first-friday-forum and click on the registration link.

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