Israel and the Middle East: 50 Years Since the Six-Day War

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RUSI, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM), and the research journal Fathom are hosting a joint conference on the complex, contradictory and contested legacies of the 1967 Six-Day War for Israel and the Middle East. 

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As of June 2017 it will be 50 years since the Six-Day War, otherwise known as the Third Arab-Israeli War. The conflict between Israel and its neighbouring states, Egypt, Jordan and Syria, damaged relations between the countries irrevocably and set out borders that remain contested to this day. However, the impact of the war was not just geographical. While it demonstrated the strength of the fledging Israeli state, it also heralded a collapse in confidence for the Arab nations. The birth of the settlement movement can be traced back to this moment, as well as the rise of political Islam in place of Arab nationalism. In short, the Six-Day War should not be thought of simply as an historic event, but also one that has consequences to this very day. 

To look at the long-term consequences of the Six-Day War in greater detail, RUSI, BICOM and Fathom have convened this joint conference. Bringing together a select audience of academics, policy experts, think tankers, journalists and government officials, the conference will divide the topic into four interlinked themes:

  1. The 6 Days – Contexts, Causes and Courses;
  2. The Legacies for Israeli Society;
  3. The Legacies for the Arab-Israeli Conflict; and,
  4. Israel and Global Public Opinion After 1967.  

Confirmed speakers include:


  • Dr Alan Craig, Pears Lecturer in Israel and Middle East Studies, University of Leeds; and Chair of the European Association of Israel Studies;
  • Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships, and Director RUSI International, RUSI;
  • Nidal Foqaha, Director-General, Palestinian Peace Coalition (PPC-GI);
  • Professor Galia Golan, Darwin Professor (Emerita) Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
  • Rick Nye, Managing Director, Populus;
  • Dave Rich, Deputy Director of Communications, Community Security Trust (CST);
  • Greg Shapland, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House;
  • James Sorene, CEO, BICOM;
  • Professor Asher Susser, Stein Family Professor of Modern Israel Studies, University of Arizona; Professor of History in the Department of Middle Eastern History, Tel Aviv University (TAU) and a Senior Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern Studies at TAU.


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