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Join 2017-2018 Stroum Center Graduate Fellows Samuel Gordon, Pablo Jairo Tutillo Maldonado, and Ozgur Ozkan as they share their research on migration, the Israeli state, and military participation in this academic panel.

A light lunch will be served.

Sam Gordon, Rabbi Arthur A. Jacobovitz Fellow

Paper title: “21st Century Israeli Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities in a New Era”

Sam Gordon is currently a first-year master’s student at the Jackson School for International Studies concentrating on the Middle East. He is from Florida and attained a bachelor’s degree in 2014 from Florida State University majoring in History and International Affairs. After graduation, Sam moved to Jerusalem and worked as a research assistant at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He conducted research on topics including diplomacy and human rights in the Middle East. He also spent nine months living and working in Prague, where he absorbed a great deal about Jewish communities of Central Europe. For his Graduate Fellowship project, Sam plans to investigate the role Israel will play in the newly forming international order as well as the challenges and opportunities it faces on a global scale. His research interests include Israeli foreign policy, geopolitics of the Middle East, and the intersection between technology and foreign policy.

Pablo Jairo Tutillo Maldonado, Mickey Sreebny Memorial Scholar

Paper title: “Neither Zionist, nor Egyptian: The Forced Migration of the Jews of Egypt in the 1950s”

Pablo Jairo Tutillo Maldonado, who hails from Connecticut, will pursue an MA in Middle East Studies at the Jackson School in the Fall 2017. Pablo obtained his BA in International Relations and a minor in Arabic Studies from Connecticut College. Pablo has studied at Alexandria University in Egypt and at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. At UW, Pablo is interested in researching the intersection of history and politics of countries in the Middle East, particularly the political and historical narratives of Jewish refugees from the Arab world. He speaks conversational Arabic, Hebrew and Turkish.

Ozgur Ozkan, Mervin & Georgiana Gorasht Fellow

Paper title: “Seattle’s Sephardic Connections to the Northern Aegean: War, Military Service, and Migration in the Early Twentieth Century”

Ozgur Ozkan is a PhD candidate in the Jackson School of International Studies’ doctoral program. He holds a BS degree in Systems Engineering and an MA degree in Regional Security Studies from the US Naval Postgraduate School. Ozgur’s research covers nationalism, ethnic politics, and civil-military relations in the Middle East. He has been conducting research on non-Muslims’ experiences in the Ottoman Army in the early twentieth century. He is planning to study Sephardic Jewish heritage in the northern Aegean and southern Marmara, especially in Canakkale and its vicinity, as well as Jewish participation to the Balkan Wars and the First World War.