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The New Geopolitics Of The Middle East
21/02/2018 5:00 p.m.
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A presentation by Professor David Newman on the Geopolitical Dynamics and Border Changes in the Israel/Palestine Conflict.
Join us on Wednesday, 21 February for a presentation by Professor David Newman on the Geopolitical Dynamics and Border Changes in the Israel/Palestine Conflict.
Professor Newman’s work focuses on the territorial aspects of ethnic conflict with a particular focus on the Israel / Palestine conflict. In recent years, Newman has published on conceptual and theoretical aspects of borders in an era of globalisation. Newman is the first incumbent of the recently established Chair of Geopolitics at Ben-Gurion University and is presently on sabbatical at the University of London.
He will be joined by Erzsébet N. Rózsa, Ph.D, Associate Professor at the National University of Public Service, as well as associate research fellow with the Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
The territorial dynamics of the Israel / Palestine conflict changes rapidly. In the past hundred years alone, the region 
has experienced no fewer than seven border changes, from the Sykes Picot Agreement, through the establishment of the State of Israel, the Six Day War and the Oslo Accords. This presentation will examine the changing border dynamics of the region, using maps as an important cartographic text for understanding territorial change.
The lecture will discuss the various proposals for demarcating borders as part of a Two State solution to the conflict and the problems which are inherent in this type of border demarcation, given rapid changes on the ground. The lecture will also discuss the problematic geopolitics of Jerusalem, especially in the wake of President Trumps’ recent announcement concerning Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel. 
Date: Wednesday, 21st of February, 2018
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m./17:00-19:00
Place: Danube Institute, 1067 Budapest, Eötvös utca 24
Professor David Newman
obtained his PhD at the University of Durham (1981), and his BA from the University of London (1978). His research is primarily concerned with issues of borders and settlements and he is an active member of a number of border networks, including ABS, IBRU, ABORNE and BRIT. He is currently a consortium member of the EU FP7 research project (including 19 universities throughout Europe) entitled EUROBORDERSCAPES, the RELATE consortium of the Finnish Academy of Sciences on Territory and Nationalism; and the SSHRC Consortium (Canadian Academy of Sciences), on Borders and Globalisation.
Professor David Newman was Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University between 2010-2016 and Professor of Political Geography and Geopolitics there. He founded the Department of Politics and Government at BGU in 1998 and served as its first chairperson until 2003. He also facilitated the establishment of the Center for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) in 2003.
He has been the Chief Editor of the International journal of Geopolitics for a period of fifteen years before stepping down in
2014. In 2013 Prof Newman was awarded the OBE by the British Government for his efforts in promoting scientific cooperation
between Israel and the UK.
Dr. Erzsébet Rózsa 
is a specialist in Middle Eastern research, covering Egypt, Iran, the social, political and security processes of the Middle East, the Persian/Arab Gulf, nuclear arms control and disarmament, Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, and European-Muslim minorities.
She has MA degrees in English Studies, Arabic Studies and Iranian Studies from the Eötvös Loránd University, and a PhD from the Multidisciplinary Doctoral School of the Univeristy of Economy of Budapest. In 2006 she received a habilitated doctor title from the Corvinus University of Budapest, where in 2007 she received the title of Honorary Professor. In 2008 she became the Honorary Professor of the Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University as well.
From 2009 she has been an Associate Professor at the Zrínyi Miklós National Defence University, from 2012 an Associate Professor at the National University of Public Service. She is a member of the War Studes Doctoral School of the NUPS, and is a supervisor at other doctoral schools (Corvinus University, Pécs University, Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj). Between 1990 and 2016 a Senior Research Fellow, Executive, later Academic Deputy Director of the Hungarian institute of International Affairs and its successor institutions. Currently she is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. As an associate research fellow she is responsible for the MENARA (H2020) and EuroMeSCo (ENI) projects of IFAT.

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