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Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Five big questions as America votes: Middle East

In every US presidential election since the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Middle East and North Africa has been a top foreign policy issue. The 2020 presidential election is no different.

Elections 2020 by Middle East Programs

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Lipner in The Hill: Peace is great. Now, about that virus…

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Thu, Sep 24, 2020

The chosen people vs. their chosen people

As Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu’s court trial and the Knesset’s deadline to negotiate a fiscal deal draw near, the Israeli government faces a crisis of accountability. A bloated bureaucracy and constant competition have impaired the government’s ability to formulate and implement sound diplomatic, security, and economic decisions. A new Atlantic Council issue brief, “The Chosen […]

Issue Brief by Shalom Lipner

Israel Middle East

Shalom Lipner is a nonresident senior fellow for Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council, where his primary research interests include the US-Israel bilateral relationship, Israel’s foreign and defense policy and domestic affairs, and Middle East regional dynamics.

Lipner served seven consecutive Israeli premiers over a quarter-century at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, where his areas of core expertise included foreign policy, public diplomacy and communications, and Jewish communal affairs. Among the positions he held were assistant foreign policy advisor to the prime minister, advisor to the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, special coordinator for public diplomacy, advisor to the Minister of Israeli Society and the World Jewish Community, and director of communications for the Government Press Office. Lipner also filled terms as coordinator of the US-Israel Strategic Dialogue and director of the Government Coordinating Committee on Countering Antisemitism.

After leaving government service, Lipner was a nonresident senior fellow with the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. His commentary and analysis have been featured internationally in The New York TimesPoliticoForeign AffairsThe Jerusalem PostThe AtlanticThe AustralianForeign PolicyThe American Interest,Ha’aretzUS News and World ReportAl-Jazeera,Asia TimesThe National InterestThe ForwardDefense NewsThe Jewish Telegraphic AgencyThe Hill, and other publications.  

Lipner earned a BA in international relations and political science from the University of Toronto, an MA in international relations and American studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an MS in management studies from Boston University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and an MPA from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, which he attended as a Wexner-Israel Fellow.