Israel, Hamas, and the World: Dan Kurtzer and Larry Goodson

FPA Fellow Sarwar Kashmeris discusses Israel, Hammas, and the world with Amb. Dan Kurtzer and Larry Goodson on Polaris Live.

Without warning the world has entered a very dangerous moment. With the impending Israel invasion of Gaza, in retribution for the massacre in Israel by Hamas militants; the gathering two powerful U.S. aircraft carrier groups in the Mediterranean Sea; the threat of further attacks in the West Bank; and the bifurcation, again, of the world between the West (largely supporting Israel) and the rest (largely supporting Palestine). Again, because the world is already in one war (Ukraine-Russia) with a similar division of sentiments. But this latest conflict comes as there is an unfolding power shift taking place in the Middle East: the emergence of China as a major commercial and political player upending the prior U.S. dominance in the Arab world.


Joining Princeton’s faculty in 2006 following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Daniel Kurtzer retired from the Foreign Service with the rank of career minister. He has served, successively, as the United States Ambassador to Israel and to Egypt. He is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East. He is the author or co-author of numerous best-selling books including The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace.


Larry P. Goodson is Professor of Middle East Studies at the U.S. Army War College, where he is the only person to hold the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security twice. In AY19 he WAS on sabbatical from the War College as a Visiting Fellow in the Changing Character of War Center, Pembroke College, Oxford University. Dr. Goodson has been continually called upon to serve as a regional advisor on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East by senior U.S. military and political leaders.

Among his other academic appointments, Dr. Goodson taught at the American University in Cairo and conducted field work in Peshawar, Pakistan. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling "Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban," as well as numerous chapters and articles. Dr. Goodson has lectured on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Islam, and the Middle East to audiences at more than 100 universities, schools, and organizations.