On Friday, October 2, the Asan Institute for Policy Studies held a roundtable with Dr. Dan Schueftan, Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa. Dr. Schueftan spoke on the current situation in the Middle East, pointing out that the Obama administration’s policy towards the region is failing, where no decision is worse than a bad situation. He compared South Korea to Israel, commenting that both countries struggle, work, and find solutions. However, there is likely no solution to problems in the Middles East. Israel is nonetheless now learning to live with many problems without solutions, but the threat of two or three wars within the next ten years still looms large. Dr. Schueftan predicts that the European Union’s decision to accept Syrian refugees is a bad move, [because] refugees will have a negative impact in the long run. As refugees from some Arab countries bring their culture to Europe, Europe will end up having the same problems as in the Middle East. In contrast, the U.S. accepts refugees selectively, so refugees migrating to the U.S. adapt well to American society.
Date / Time: Friday, October 2, 2015 / 10:30am–12:00pm
Venue: Conference Room (2F), The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
⇨ Dr. Dan Schueftan is the Director of the National Security Studies Center and the Director of the International Graduate Program in National Security at the University of Haifa. Dr. Schueftan has published extensively on contemporary Middle Eastern history, with emphasis on Arab-Israeli relations, Inter-Arab politics and American policy in the Middle East. His most recent book is Palestinians in Israel – the Arab Minority and the Jewish State (2011).