On November 26, 2006, Project Interchange launched a seminar for Counterterrorism Experts. The seminar was composed by Scholars from diverse leading organizations in the field, such as the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, CSIS, US National Academies, Global Advisory Services, the New Jersey Police and Monmouth County Police. The seminar is escorted by Yehudit Barsky, the Director of Middle East and International Terrorism at AJC, and is meeting with senior Israeli officials, academics and leaders, such as Yossi Shain, the Head of the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University, Major General (res.) Doron Almog, former Commander of the Israel Defense Force’s Southern Command, Member of Knesset Matan Vilnai, representative of the Labor-Meimad Party, and Ibrahim A.M. Salama, former General Director of the PA Ministry of Interior.
U.S. counter-terrorism specialists, and thereby citizens of the U.S. and abroad, benefit from opportunities for these experts to learn from each other in Israel’s dynamic country cum classroom. Project Interchange first brought counter-terrorism experts to Israel in 2002 and an important bi-product of this seminar was the relationships that were formed among peers, especially with the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT). Such relationships continue to be fostered by both sides, and are viewed as having enormous potential to further professional cooperation and education. This delegation included participants from the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies, US National Academies, Global Advisory Services, and the Counter-Terror Units of the New Jersey State Police and Monmouth County Police. The experts met with senior Israeli officials, academics and leaders including Tel Aviv University’s Head of the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy; the former commander of the Israel Defense Force’s Southern Command; Member of Knesset Matan Vilnai; and the former General Director of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Interior.They also partook in presentations about water security and bio-terrorism by the director of Israel’s Center for Disease Control.