Argov Fellows Academic Program 2009 - 2010

Advanced Issues in International Political Economy: Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled

This course will focus on contemporary academic debates in the field of international political economy. Topics to be covered will include, among others: globalization, privatization, regulation, business-government relations, and selected topics in the political economy of the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Throughout the course, theoretical concepts will be applied to policy-oriented case studies.

Argov Seminar: Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled

The Argov Fellows Seminar is the capstone course for the fellowship program. Throughout the year, the fellows will learn the research methods and receive the academic support necessary to complete the group policy projects that will be presented at a public forum at the end of the year. The seminar will introduce the fellows to major academic debates and current issues in the fields of international relations, political economy, and Middle Eastern studies. A wide range of guest speakers from the academic, government and business worlds will address the seminar, and there will be several field/research trips throughout Israel.

Current Issues in the European Union: Dr. Yair MacClanahan

The principal aim of this course is to shed light on several currently topical issues in the European Union. We shall dedicate the first part of the course to Israel-Europe relations, examining both economic and political facets (although focusing on the former). We shall then turn to the issues of immigration and multiculturalism, internal economic questions, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, enlargement, the question of Turkey, multi-level vs. state-level governance and the future of Europe. Finally, we shall compare the European integrative experience with some of the other transnational associations across the globe, in order to understand the roots of the success of the European experiment, while elucidating the obstacles encountered elsewhere. Thus it is hoped that the student will acquire a good insight into the EU’s functioning, the challenges it currently faces, and the factors that differentiate it from the rest of the world.

Leadership in Practice - Rhetoric, Public Speaking and Debate: Ms. Sara Averick / Ms. Jill Reinach

“Be skillful in speech, that you may be strong…see [the] words endure in writing,” an ancient Egyptian treatise on kingship espouses. Effective communicators achieve results, often long-lasting:  in their goals, in their relationships, in their careers, in almost anything they pursue. Thus, this course is designed to harness each student’s innate communications strengths and cultivate others in order to facilitate the student's potential to lead on any chosen path.  The course focuses on enhancing the student's ability to speak clearly and persuasively in any context, including during "times of change" or "crisis". Students will also learn how to leverage any media presence during speaking engagements and, consequently, broaden message impact. As the course's emphasis is on the practical, there will be numerous in-class speaking opportunities, and students are expected to participate actively.

Advanced Techniques in Written Expression: Academic and Professional Application - Mr. Neil Weiner

The course has four segments.  The first two study how to clearly convey information using conventional forms:  sentences and paragraphs; tables and graphs.  The second two study how to persuade using two perspectives:  rhetoric; experimental psychology.  The approach is academic and practical.  Weekly in-class exercises based on assigned readings test student understanding and competence. 

Media Skills Workshop: Headline Media

Given the increasing role the media plays in shaping public opinion, today's leaders must master the skills to effectively craft and deliver their strategic messages to every media outlet.  This intensive course will allow the Argov Fellows to develop their message crafting and delivery skills under individual tutelage from top flight journalists with vast international experience as correspondents and producers at ABC News and CNN. The Argov Fellows will gain a unique insight into how the international media operates, how to effectively navigate and utilize the dramatic changes overtaking the media, and how to reach global audiences with messages that resonate cross culturally.  A significant portion of this course will be dedicated to individual performance training through a series of on-camera interview and presentation simulations that put an emphasis on public advocacy, issue management, and strategic messaging during an international crisis.  At the completion of the course, each Argov Fellow will be "camera ready" and able to significantly contribute to an international public relations campaign. 

Simulation Games and Interpersonal Negotiation Course: Dr. Chanan Goldshmidt

While there may be some correlation between negotiation approaches and personality style, the two do not necessarily go together. There are ‘nice’ and ‘pleasant’ people who act ‘not nice’ and ‘unpleasant’ when they negotiate, and of course it could be true that a ‘nice’ person will get the best-negotiated agreement, but it could also be vice versa.
But still negotiation is unique human behavior: In their book “Getting to Yes”, Fisher and Ury suggest that we are all people first. The authors describe means of dealing with relational issues, including considering each party's perception (for example by reversing roles); seeking to make negotiation proposals consistent with the other party's interests; making emotions explicit and legitimate; and through active listening.
From the above mentioned authors (and other important scholars and researchers in the field of Negotiation), and especially through the understanding of the process of Human Decision Making (combined with hints of Law, Business, sociology and even economics…), we will try both to academically understand the field of negotiation, and become better negotiators.
In a nutshell - the aim of the course is to introduce negotiation through the study of the principles underlying it, and to learn from experience gained through simulations how to become better negotiators.

Public Sector Reforms: A Comparative Perspective: Prof. Moshe Maor

The two main premises of this course are: (i) public administration reforms must be understood in light of the historical and institutional contexts within which they are undertaken, and (ii) public administration reforms must be taught from the theoretical perspective. It is not enough to describe public administration reforms. We must provide a theoretical account of the logic behind them. The course will present models of public administration reforms, and examine their ability to explain and predict actual reforms in OECD countries and in Israel.

Seminar: From Green Research to Green Business: Dr. Isaac Berzin                 This course will prepare students to become leaders in the Green-Tech economy. It will demonstrate some of the knowledge and skills necessary for innovation, entrepreneurship and policy making in this upcoming field. The course format includes lectures, discussions, workshop, guest lecturers, and team projects. The students will meet with prominent entrepreneurs from a broad range of industries at various stages of development. This experience will provide students with perspectives on the challenges of going from Green-Research to Green-Business.

The course will also include team projects with strong real-world components. These hands-on projects will integrate the course content and illustrate the diverse challenges of commercialization and entrepreneurial endeavors in the Green-Tech economy. In addition, we will visit one of the leading Green-Tech ventures in Israel.

The Strategic Thought of Leaders: From the Peloponnesian War to the Present: Dr. Alon Peled

What distinguish strategic thinking from other forms of thought? How does strategic thinking differ from operational planning or tactical thinking? What are the immortal and timeless principles of designing a good strategy? Is the concept of strategy and its execution apply equally well to different domains such as war, diplomacy, domestic politics, business and entrepreneurship? What are the roles of chance, surprise, creativity, and science in designing and executing a successful strategy? Students will address these questions through reading and role-playing scenes from past Wars (ex: the Peloponnesian War, the second Punic War, WWI, WWII ), peace and diplomacy (ex: the Israel-Egypt Peach Negotiations after 1973), domestic politics (ex: primaries and general elections in the USA and Israel), and Entrepreneurship (ex: the Apple vs. Microsoft vs. Google).

The U.S. Political and Legal System: Mr. Ira Reiner

To illustrate the way in which policy and politics interact in the U.S. Political and Legal Systems. Although the emphasis will be on contemporary issues, a historical predicate will be layed to demonstrate the continuing impact of the original disputes that divided the framers of the U.S. Constitution on contemporary policy and politics.

Israeli Public Diplomacy and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Ms. Miri Eisen

The course is a workshop aimed to expand the students knowledge and tools about the Israeli Palestinian issue in the media. The students will prepare and present different narratives of this issue based on theories studied in the workshop.


Arabs in Israel: A multiplicity of complexities and paradoxes: Dr. Dalia Fadila

This course aims at exposing the multiple ambiguities and paradoxes constructing the identity, status, as well as the cultural, social, political and economic reality of the Arab minority in Israel. Some of these ambiguities and paradoxes are internal to the community, stemming from its cultural and historical constructs, while others are externally political and socioeconomic, an effect of being an ethnic minority in a Jewish state. This course offers various approaches to reading, understanding, and at times, re-reading critically the streams and processes underlying the problematic attempts at defining identity, formulating leadership, creating life quality, envisioning present and future among Arabs in Israel on collective and individualistic levels and how these, consequently, influence the larger Israeli society.   

The course is formed of lectures and workshops that integrate knowledge on Arabs in Israel, while also helping students acquire the appropriate tools for analyzing, reading and therefore understanding the complexities and ambivalences in the reality of Arabs in Israel and their implications of the larger Israeli society.