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SMU Tower Center Event - Reality Check: Visions of Arab-Israeli Peace After 10/7

SMU Tower Center Event - Reality Check: Visions of Arab-Israeli Peace After 10/7 In-Person

The SMU Tower Center in collaboration with the American Jewish Committee  would like to invite you to the event: Reality Check: Visions of Arab-Israeli Peace After 10/7


Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 7:00 8:00 p.m.


Location: Crum Auditorium, SMU James M. Collins Executive Education Center

3150 Binkley Ave. Dallas, TX 75205


ParkingBinkley Garage, 3105 Binkley Ave.,  Dallas, TX 75205

(Accessible parking and elevator. For more accessibility questions email us at tower@smu.edu.)

Registration is required. Please click below for registration.




Jason Isaacson, Chief Policy & Political Affairs Officer, American Jewish Committee

Jason Isaacson, Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer, is a longtime analyst of U.S. political and strategic affairs and an advocate for Arab-Israeli peace. An observer to the 1991-92 Middle East peace talks in Madrid, Moscow, and Washington, he represented AJC at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna; since 1993, he has coordinated periodic AJC ministerial meetings throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and Asia, including numerous visits that were the first by an American Jewish civic organization. He has lectured periodically at the Diplomatic Institute of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry and the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy. In 2002, he was a Senior Visitor at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Isaacson directed an AJC initiative to strengthen transatlantic cooperation on Middle East policy – resulting in the opening of the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels in 2004. In 2005, in Tunis, he convened an NGO seminar on tolerance-promotion on the Internet, in conjunction with the UN World Summit on the Information Society. In 2015, he coordinated in Brussels the Defining Moment for Europe conference on strategies to combat resurgent antisemitism. In 2007, the French Minister of Culture and Communication awarded him the rank of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. In July 2009, King Mohammed VI bestowed on Isaacson the honor of Chevalier of the Order of the Throne of the Kingdom of Morocco.


Robert Jordan, Diplomat-in-Residence, SMU Tower Center

Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Robert W. Jordan is Diplomat in Residence and adjunct professor of political science in the John G. Tower for Public Policy and International Affairs at Southern Methodist University. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2001-2003.  He took charge of his mission in the wake of the attacks of September 11 at a critical time in the U.S.-Saudi relations. He worked closely with President George W. Bush and senior government officials in maintaining the relationship with Saudi Arabia, combating terrorism, and promoting economic reform and human rights in the Kingdom. He spearheaded American encouragement of the Saudi economic reforms necessary to qualify for accession to the World Trade Organization. He was partner in the international law firm Baker Botts L.L. P. for many years and headed the firm's Middle East practice based in Dubai until his retirement in 2014.  He is Vice Chair of the SMU Tower Center Board of Directors. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a past president of the Dallas Bar Association and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and is a frequent commentator with international media including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, Bloomberg and the New York Times. His memoir, Desert Diplomat: Inside Saudi Arabia Following 9/11, was published by Potomac Books in 2015.



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Southern Methodist University (SMU)

3300 University Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75275-0117

214-768-3954  tower@smu.edu


Tuesday, November 28, 2023
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
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