New Challenges for China-Israel-US Triangle in 2020


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When: Aug 27 2020 - 10:00am until Aug 27 2020 - 11:00am
Where: Zoom Webinar

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The East-West Center in Washington and American Jewish Committee's Asia Pacific Institute 
invite you to the 60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Virtual Seminar Series:

New Challenges for China-Israel-US Triangle in 2020


Ms. Shira Loewenberg (Opening Remarks)
Director, Asia Pacific Institute (API)
American Jewish Committee (AJC)

Dr. Yoram Evron
(EWCW American Jewish Committee Fellow, 2016)
Senior Lecturer, Chinese Studies, Department of Asian Studies, 
University of Haifa, Israel

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East-West Center in Washington

The United States has been an inseparable element of Israel-China relations. The US has occasionally pushed Israel-China relations forward while in others casesDr. Yoram Evron delayed, and even thwarted, their development; in either case for reasons largely unrelated to Israel-China bilateral relations themselves. Trying to advance its interests, Israel has attempted to maneuver between the US and China in an effort to advance its interests and avoid severe damage from either country. So far, Israel has had only little success. As the 2020s unfold, Israel’s challenge in managing relations with the US and China seems ever bigger. As its relations with China become increasingly complex and US-China tensions increase rapidly, Jerusalem finds itself enmeshed in clashing interests, expectations, and demands. Israel’s decision-making structure further intensifies this challenge. In this webinar, Dr. Evron examined the main determinants that underlie the China-Israel-US triangle in the early 2020s, while assessing the prospects and challenges of this complex relationship.  

Dr. Evron’s fellowship in 2016 with the East-West Center in Washington was supported by the American Jewish Committee’s Asia Pacific Institute’s Israeli Scholars Fellowship. Under this fellowship, Dr. Evron spent three months in residency to research and write on issues of key strategic interest to the US and Israel in the context of the US alliance system and the Asia Pacific region.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the East-West Center and its mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW)’s 60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series  highlights the work of EWCW alumni/ae who have participated in our fellowship, publication, dialogue, and conference programs.


Shira Loewenberg is Director of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute (API). Prior to joining AJC, Loewenberg worked in New York and around the world for multilateral and international organizations including the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations Development Programme, Outward Bound, Internews, and University of Pennsylvania, Center for Global Communication Studies. She has appeared on panels and spoken at institutions including the World Bank, Columbia University, and Deutsche Welle, and has taught as an adjunct professor at The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs. She has authored numerous papers and op-eds published in The Hill, The Times of Israel, The Sunday Guardian, and The Washington Diplomat, among other publications. In her AJC role, she has traveled widely and developed a network of diplomatic and political contacts. Under her leadership, the Asia Pacific Institute has expanded its scope and reach in the United States and throughout Asia. Early in her career, Loewenberg spent two years working in Japan. She earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Yoram Evron is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese studies in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa, Israel. His current research focuses on China-Middle East relations, Asian powers’ involvement in the Middle East, and China’s military procurement and civil-military relations. Dr. Evron is the founding director of the China Program at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University, and served as a Visiting Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and at East-West Center in Washington. He is the author of China’s Military Procurement in the Reform Era: The Setting of New Directions (Routledge, 2016). His recent articles include ‘The Challenge of Implementing the Belt and Road Initiative in the Middle East: Connectivity Projects under Conditions of Limited Political Engagement’ (The China Quarterly), and 'The Enduring US-led Arms Embargo on China: An Objectives–Implementation Analysis' (Journal of Contemporary China).

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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