Re-Drawing the Rules of the Game? Iran, Israel, and the Geopolitics of the Levant


Thursday, October 10, 2019, 2:30pm to 4:00pm


CGIS-Knafel: Room K262 - Bowie-Vernon

Re-Drawing The Rules of the Game?

Hussein Kalout, Associate. Research Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), Harvard University
Daniel Sobelman, Assistant Professor, International Relations Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon forged a new political dynamic in the Middle East. Israel and Hezbollah established unofficial rules of engagement that secured peace through the logic of deterrence. These rules are now under question as decision-makers grapple with new regional dynamics and we are witness to military escalation across the Levant and the Middle East. Join us for a round table conversation for what these dynamics portend for Iran, Israel, and the region with Daniel Sobelman, Assistant Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Hussein Kalout, Associate Research Scholar at the Center of Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.

Moderated by Dr. Payam Mohseni, Director of the Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs

Hussein Kalout is a Political Scientist, Professor of International Relations, Member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard International Review, and Research Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Previously he was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University, Associate at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Senior Associate Fellow (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington-DC. Before joining Harvard in the current academic year, Mr. Kalout just finished his duties as the Special Secretary of Strategic Affairs of Brazil, as Member of the Ministers board of the Chamber of Foreign Trade and Investments, and as the President of the National Committee on Population and Development (2017-2019). View Hussein Kalout's full profile here.

Daniel Sobelman is an assistant professor of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A former research fellow with the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2014-17), Dr. Sobelman's research interests lie in the growing phenomenon of asymmetrical conflicts, involving states and non-state actors. His recent publications include "Learning to Deter: Deterrence Failure and Success in the Israel-Hezbollah Conflict", 2006-16 (International Security, 2017).  View Daniel Sobelman's full profile here.