Argov Fellows Program 4th Annual Study-Tour
The Argov Fellows visited Brussels, New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.
on the third annual Europe and United States study tour. The tour is designed
to give the fellows an inside perspective on the European and US systems
through meetings with leaders from government, business, academia, and the
non-profit sector, among others.
In Brussels, American Ambassador to Brussels, Howard Gutman, greeted the fellows in his home. Later the fellows had lunch at the European Centre for Jewish Students where they met with a Jewish Hungarian cabinet minister and learnt a little about Jewish life in Belgium by other Jewish community representatives. The fellows then enjoyed a dinner in Brussels with Benjamin Rey, an employee of the European Parliamant and other young professionals working in the European Union.
At the EU Parliament, the students met with Stephan Krauss who works for the Director General of External Policies and at the Council of Ministers met with Jan Snaiduf, a foreign policy analyst and John Gatt Rutter, a member of Middle East Task Force. At the European Commission the fellows met with Gwenda Jeffrey Jones, Desk Officer for the Middle East Peace Process and Directorate-General for Extrenal Relations and Ricardo Serri, Desk Officer for Israel.
In New York, the fellows attended a debate at New York University regarding the reassessment of the special relationship between the US and Israel. The side arguing in favor of the resolution was represented by journalist and author Roger Cohen and Prof. Rashid Khalidi, historian and Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia. The opposition was led by former US Ambassador to the EU, Stuart Eizenstadt and former US Ambassador to the US, Prof. Itamar Rabinovich.
The fellows visited the Israeli Consulate in New York and spoke to the Economic Minister of Israel to North America, Yair Shiran and with the Israeli Ambassador to the UN, Prof. Gabriella Shalev. The fellows also met with the founder of the Beanstalk Group and board member of AIPAC, Seth (Yossi) Siegel and Peter Geffen who is the founder of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School. The fellows had dinner at the home of Gershon Kekest, founder and cheif executive of Kekst and Company and his wife Carol Kekst. The fellows visited the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and spoke with Rebecca Neuwirth, director of special projects at AJC and Elizabeth Samson, a visiting fellow at the Hudson Institute. The fellows also met with Sasha Polakow-Suransky, an associate editor of the Foreign Affairs jounal at the Council of Foreign Affairs. Several Fellows also had a breakfast meeting with David Cohen and Deborah Evra from the private equity division of JP Morgan Chase.
In Boston, the fellows stayed with host families and attended a reception at the home
Gideon Argov, founder of the Argov Fellows Program, and his wife Alexandra Fuchs. The fellows spent a day at Harvard, where, for the forth consecutive year, Harvard Business School Professor Joshua Margolis led the fellows in a discussion of a case study on leadership that he wrote. Executive Director Eric Rosenbach also briefed the fellows about the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. The fellows met with the Israeli Consul General of New England Nadav Tamir and Dr. Garth McCavana, Dean for Graduate Student Affairs, gave the fellows some tips regarding the Harvard admissions process.
Mark and Becky Leiter hosted an informal brunch where the fellows also met with Jed Willard, director of the Public Diplomacy Collaborative, a program of the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
In Washington, D.C., the fellows socialized with students from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and on the first full day in D.C. met with Michael Rubin, a leader in the Jewish NGO community, Prof. Marvin Kalb, an award winning reporter and founder of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Ghaith al-Omari, Advocacy Director at the American Task Force in Palestine, Dr. Patrick Cronin, Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and Prof. Eliot Cohen, a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of advanced international studies. The fellows ate a lovely dinner at the home of Grant and Ellen Ottenstein where they also met with Jonathan Missner, AIPAC Director of National Affairs. The fellows visited the Hoover Institure and met with senior fellow at the institute and CoFounder and Director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government, Dr. Peter Berkowitz and visted the The Israel Project where they met with it's Founder and President, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrachi. The fellows also met with Deborah Saxon, a professional lobbyist at AIPAC and at the State Department met with young professionals working at different desks relating to the Middle East. The final meeting in D.C. was at the Senate where the fellows met with members of the House and Senate who spoke to the fellows about their work and career aspirations.