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New Canaan Library Hosts Discussion On U.S.-Israeli Relationship

Seth Anziska from Columbia University will lead a talk on 'Israel and the U.S.' at the New Canaan Library. Photo Credit: New Canaan Library
The first Great Decisions discussion will be held Monday at the New Canaan Library. Photo Credit: New Canaan Library

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The New Canaan Library, along with the Stamford-based World Affairs Forum, will host the first Great Decisions discussion of the fall season. The topic will be "Israel and the U.S."

The event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Adrian Lamb Room of the New Canaan Library. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Seth Anziska from the Department of History at Columbia University will be the discussion leader.

"Modern Israel’s struggles with the Palestinians have turned what was meant as a safe haven for Jews into the center of a decades-long conflict," the World Affairs Forum said in a statement. "The U.S. has stepped in as Israel’s ally due to the two countries’ shared values, providing years of unparalleled military and diplomatic support. But now those ties are being tested. The Arab Spring, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, failed peace talks, and Israel’s own decision to give Washington the cold shoulder have put new strains on the 65-year-old 'special relationship.'”

Anziska has interests in the Middle East, U.S. foreign relations, and modern Jewish history. His dissertation explored the relationship between Israel, the Palestinians, and the United States from the Camp David Accords through the war in Lebanon and the first Intifada.

He received his bachelor's degree in history, cum laude, from Columbia University and his master's in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony’s College at Oxford. He has been the recipient of the Boren and Wexner fellowships and was a research exchange student in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics.

The New Canaan Library is located at 151 Main St. For more information or to register, visit the website or call 203-594-5000.

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