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Former ambassador to Israel will speak about the state of U.S.-Israeli relations at Drury on Feb. 4

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., January 8, 2019 — The connection between Israel and the United States is one of the most complex and consequential geopolitical relationships on the planet. The current state of that relationship will be the topic as Drury University welcomes former U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro for a lecture sponsored by the L.E. Meador Center for Politics & Citizenship next month.

Shapiro will speak at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4 at Lay Hall Auditorium, as part of the Meador Center’s 2018-19 speaker series “The United States and the World.” Shapiro, who served as ambassador from 2011 to 2017, will speak on U.S.-Israel relations during the Obama and Trump years. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Drawing on his time with the State Department, and his current vantage point from Israel on the Trump administration, Shapiro will review highs and lows, bust myths, and give a behind-the-scenes account of Israeli-Palestinian talks, the fight over the Iran deal, and the many successes in U.S.-Israel relations. He will also discuss prospects for future bilateral cooperation, regional peace and security initiatives, and some continued dissonance between the two close allies.

“This talk promises to be a direct window into one of the world’s most fascinating and important international relationships,” says Dr. Dan Ponder, director of the Meador Center. “Mr. Shapiro has an excellent vantage point not only because of his experience, but because he knows the cultures of the two countries so well.”

About Daniel Shapiro

Daniel Shapiro currently lives with his wife and three daughters in Raanana, Israel. He was named Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Institute of National Security Studies in March 2017, following a diverse, 20-year career in senior foreign policy and national security positions in the United States government.

He was appointed by President Barack Obama to be United States Ambassador to Israel, where he won praise from leaders of both countries for his deft management of the U.S.-Israel relationship during Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the Iran nuclear agreement, regional instability, and periods of significant bilateral tension and disagreement. Shapiro previously served as Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the National Security Council, in which he led U.S. diplomatic efforts in Syria and Lebanon and advised President Obama through the early months of the upheavals in Arab states in 2011. 

Shapiro’s commentary and writing have been featured by national media outlets including Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Israeli Channel 2, and more. He holds degrees from Brandeis University and Harvard University.

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