AJC Global Forum 2022: Day Two Plenary
The AJC Global Forum 2022 Day Two plenary began with a special address from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. After that, a timely discussion took place between several experts entitled, “Democracy vs. Tyranny: The World at a Crossroads,” which featured Walter Russell Mead, the Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship at the Hudson Institute, and a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal; Richard Haass, the President of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has served in multiple U.S. administrations as a top foreign policy specialist; and Constanze Stelzenmüller, who is the Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and Transatlantic Relations at Brookings Institution She is an expert on German, European, and trans-Atlantic foreign and security policy and strategy (this first panel was moderated by AJC International Relations Chair Jeffrey Stone. The discussion was followed by the presentation of the AJC Moral Courage Award to Masih Alinejad, an Iranian activist who has dedicated her life to exposing the abuses of the Iranian regime, risking her life in the process to shed light on those human rights abuses and advocate for the Iranian women who are fighting bravely for a better future. AJC honored Alinejad for her “moral, intellectual, and physical courage, extraordinary bravery, and commitment to the protection of human rights.”
Next was a historic conversation entitled “Winds of Change: The New Middle East,” featuring Ambassadors from the Abraham Accords countries, including H.E. Ambassador Gilad Erdan, Israeli Ambassador to the UN; H.E. Jamal Fares Alrowaiei, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the UN; H.E. Omar Hilale, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the UN; and H.E. Lana Nusseibeh, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the UN. This panel was moderated by Jason Isaacson, AJC’s Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer. Nearly two years after the groundbreaking Abraham Accords, the session showcased the widening circle of peace in the Middle East. In a wrap up of the Day Two plenary, Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid described the current global struggle between good and evil, with terrorism and violence on one side and freedom and democracy on the other. He also defined the common bonds shared by Jews throughout the world and reaffirmed the Israeli government’s commitment to the Diaspora.