The Saban Forum, convened for the first time in December 2004, brought together prominent politicians, policymakers, and business leaders from the United States and Israel. The governing theme of this two-day event was how, at a time when the Middle East is in flux, democracies can best defend themselves against the threats of terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
The major test addressed by participants was how to formulate a long-term international security strategy that also accounts for the short-term threats of terrorism and rogue states such as Iran. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a major component of the dialogue, was examined within the broader strategic context of a Middle East that is undergoing unprecedented changes.
The forum was co-convened by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings and the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University.
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[The protests constitute] one of the most serious crises Iran has faced in the past 25 years... We now see that Iranians are willing to take profound risks to challenge the regime directly in a way we have not seen in years.