Northwestern Michigan College’s International Affairs Forum comes together on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center for a Global Hotspot event—Israel-Palestine: Conflict in Context. The program will include an examination of historical foundations of the current conflict and welcome back two past leaders of IAF to share their informed insights.

Leila Hilal is a human rights attorney and former IAF executive director. Hilal served as Senior Policy Adviser to the Commissioner-General of the Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA) and as a legal adviser to Palestinian negotiators from 2002-2008. Now a director at the Detroit Workforce Funder Collaborative, Hilal recently returned from a visit to Jordan.

Jack Segal is a former IAF Board co-chair and a retired senior U.S. diplomat who served in the U.S. Embassy in Israel as counselor for political/military affairs during the first Intifada and the Gulf War. Jack also served at the NSC as Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, and later, Director for Non-Proliferation, and at NATO as Senior Political Adviser to NATO’s operational commander in Afghanistan.

Hilal and Segal will provide vital context on this complex issue and answer audience questions, in person via question cards and online via livestream.

The Dec. 14 in-person event at the Dennos Museum Center Milliken Auditorium is open to the public and available to livestream online. Admission is $15 per person. Admission is free for all students and educators. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the program begins promptly at 7 p.m.

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