From 6 to 10 June, the NESA Center conducted a five-day seminar titled “Arab-Israeli Conflict: Israel/Jordan Trust to Enhance Defense and Security Cooperation Seminar” to assess ways to establish peace and security cooperation between Israel and Jordan. The seminar was designed to offer a unique forum for discussing strategic issues directly with Israeli and Jordanian counterparts from the NESA Region, U.S. government officials, subject-matter experts, scholars, and advisors.
The seminar was held in Washington, DC, and consisted of nine distinct sessions. Specific themes included an assessment of the Jordan-Israel peace treaty, the United States’ strategic relationship with Jordan and Israel, maritime, energy and water security, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, and the Abraham Accords.
The Israel-Jordan Defense Seminar was conducted in English, with simultaneous interpretation available in Hebrew and Arabic to facilitate conversation between all regional experts. It was held under the Chatham House Rule to encourage open and frank discussion. By hearing different viewpoints, the 15 participants had a firm basis to explore ways to advance cooperation and strengthen trust as a strategic national interest for all parties. The seminar was facilitated by Associate Professor Dr. Michael Sharnoff and featured Deputy Director COL (Ret.) David Lamm, and Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas.