Herzilya Conference: Media as Theater of War

As part of the 7th Annual Herzliya Conference on the Balance of Israel’s National Security, The Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya would like to invite you to join us at a conference entitled:

Media as Theater of War, the Blogosphere, and the Global Battle for Civil Society

For a bibliography of readings on this subject, many by participants, please visit Bibliography

The conference will take place on Sunday and Monday, December 17-18, 2006 at the Daniel Hotel in Herzliya.

The event is open to the general public but we request that you RSVP in advance to guarantee a place.
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Tentative Program (as of December 11, 2006)

The Media as Theater of War, the Blogosphere, and the Global Battle for Civil Society

December 17 – 18, 2006
Daniel Hotel, Herzliya

DAY I: Sunday, December 17

Media as a Theater of War: Lessons of the Second Lebanese War

08:00 – 08:30 Registration

08:30 – 09:00 Opening Address:
Prof. Richard Landes, Head of the Media Working Group for the 7th Annual Herzliya Conference
The Miracle and Vulnerabilities of Civil Society: The Crisis of the 21st Century
Prof. Uzi Arad, Head and Founder, Institute for Policy and Strategy, IDC
Introducing STRATCOM

09:00 – 10:30 Panel I: Coverage of the Lebanese War: Arab Media
Hayim Azses, Educational Director, Sephardic Educational Center
Al Jazeera’s Coverage of the Lebanon War: Journalism or Advocacy?
Itamar Marcus, Director, Palestinian Media Watch
The Strategic Use of Media During War: Hezbollah and the Palestinian Authority
Leah Soibel, Senior Researcher, The Israel Project
A Mutual Relationship: The Arab Media and Hassan Nasrallah
Michael Widlanski, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Israeli Air-Power vs. Arab Air –Wave Power

11:00 – 12:30 Panel II: Coverage of the Lebanese War: Western Media
Chair and Comment: Richard Landes
Lee Smith, Visiting Fellow, Hudson Institute
The Lebanon War: US Media Shortcomings and Agenda
Nidra Poller, Paris Editor, Pajamas Media,
How do you say ‘Fauxtography’ in French?
Tamar Sternthal, Israel Director, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
Casualty Figures and “Disproportionate Force
Professor Gerald Steinberg, Bar Ilan University, Editor, NGO Monitor
Dealing with the Politicized NGO Network and the Media

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Screening of Icon of Hatred (Continuation of Pallywood and Al Durah, from Second Draft) 20 minutes

13:30 – 15:00 Panel III: Kfar Qana: Inflection Point?
Chair and Comment: Nachman Shai, Director, UJC Israel, Former IDF Spokesperson
Dr. Raanan Gissin, Strategic Consultant and former advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
The Impact of Qana on the Outcome of the Lebanese War
Reuven Koret, Publisher, Israel Insider
Hezbollywood in Qana: How the Exaggeration of Civilian Deaths was Exposed by Bloggers and Web Publishers
Jonathan Davis, IDF Spokesperson’s Unit (res.), VP for External Relations, IDC
Experiences of an IDF Spokesman Reservist Officer in the Field
Mark Regev, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Qana as an Immense Media, Diplomatic & PR problem
Joe Hyams, Honest Reporting,
The Frame Game

15:15 – 16:45 Panel IV: The New Kid on the Block: Blogosphere and Mainstream Media in Lebanon
Chair and Comment: Allison Kaplan Sommer, Israelity, Middle East Editor, Pajamas Media
Martin Solomon, Solomonia
The Blogosphere and Lebanon – Having an Impact on the Mainstream Media
Judith Weiss, Kesher Talk
A range of reactions to the Lebanon media scandals, from the Left side of the Blogosphere
Michael Totten, Middle East Journal
Evidence of Hezbollah’s use of civilians
Richard Fernandez, The Belmont Club, Australian Editor, Pajamas Media
From Margin to Center: The Bologosphere and the Mainstream Media during the Lebanese War

17:00 – 18:30 Panel V: Media Oxymoron: Open Reporting from Closed Societies
Michael Widlanski, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Reporting from Inside Arab Society
Noah Pollak, Assistant Editor, Azure, Shalem Center

Stephanie Gutmann, The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy
A Theme Park of Great Subjects – 20 Minutes from a Nice Hotel
Dr. Reuven Paz, Senior Fellow, GLORIA
Internet – the Open University for Jihad Studies
Prof. Anna Geifman, Boston University
Stockholm Syndrome in the Media

DAY TWO: Monday, December 18.

The Media as Theater of War, the Blogosphere, and the Global Battle for Civil Society

Strategies for the 21st Century: Public Diplomacy as Self-Defense for Israel and Civil Society in the West and the World

08:30 – 09:00 Opening remarks
MK Amira Dotan, Member of Knesset, Chairperson, Hasbara Committee
The Hasbarah Greenhouse: Thinking Outside the Box
Prof. Richard Landes
Reality Bites, Especially When You Ignore it

09:00 – 10:30 Panel I: What Challenges face Israeli Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century?
Chair and Comment: Daniel Seaman, Director, Foreign Press Office
Stephanie Gutmann, The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy
Sabra Values in a Superficial World
Philippe Karsenty, Media-Ratings
Al Durah, Israel and European Jews: A Tragic MisunderstandingItamar Marcus, Director, Palestinian Media Watch
Changes Necessary in Israeli Public Diplomacy
Maj. Avital Leibovich, Head of the Foreign Press Division, IDF Spokesperson’s Unit
Amir Gissin, Director, Public Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

11:00 – 12:30 Panel II: Paradigm Shifts: Radical Reorientations
Chair and Comment: Ron Schliefer, Bar Ilan University and College of Judea and Samaria
Dr. Joel Fishman, Project Director of Democracy in Israel, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
An Emerging Paradigm Shift
Aryeh Green, Director, Media Central
Reclaiming the Traditional Definition of ‘Human Rights’ as a Radical Paradigm Shift
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, Chairman of the Steering Committee, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Changing Paradigms:: Verbal Vegetarians Have to Learn How to Turn the Accusers into the Accused
Charles Jacobs, Founder, The David Project (video appearance)
A Proposed Offensive: The Human Rights Hoax
Emmanuel Navon, Lecturer, The Abba Eban Graduate Studies Program in Diplomacy, Tel-Aviv University
The Albert Camus Paradigm: When Your Mother Comes Before Your Ideals
Yitzhak Sokoloff, Executive Director, Merkaz Keshet
Beyond Right and Left

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
Screening of Icon of Hatred (Continuation of Pallywood and Al Durah, from Second Draft)

13:30 – 15:00 Panel III: Cyberspace as a Media Revolution: Implications for Israeli Public Diplomacy
Chair and Comment: Yaakov Kirschen (The Drybones Blog)
Richard Fernandez, The Belmont Club, Australian Editor, Pajamas Media
How the Blogosphere Shapes Information
Lisa Goldman, On the Face
Blogging: The Power of Direct Online Communication to Humanize the Other
Charles Chuman, Lebanese Political Journal
Beginning an Arab-Israeli Dialogue
Benjamin Kerstein, Diary of an Anti-Chomskyite
The Blog Revolution, Zionism, and Difficult Freedom
Aussie Dave, Israellycool
The New Soldier: The Citizen Journalist
Michael Totten, Middle East Journal and Mary Madigan, Exit Zero
Comments from Lebanon

15:15 – 17:00 Panel IV: Where to Engage? Terrains of Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century
Dr. Mitchell Bard, Executive Director, American Israeli Cooperative Enterprise
In Search of Israel Scholars for American Campuses”
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Director, Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center
Legal Initiatives
Candy Shinaar, Director, Council of Hasbara Volunteers (CoHaV)
Effective Utilization of Grassroots Efforts
Noam Bedein, Sderot Media Center,
Report from the Front between Civil Society and Terror
Joël Rubinfeld, The Atlantis Institute,
Europe, its Media, and the Atlantic Alliance
Dr. Mike Cohen, Senior Analyst and Founder, Galilee Institute
Facing Reality

17:30 – 18:00 Closing Remarks Prof. Richard Landes, Boston University, The Augean Stables
Strategies and Alliances for the Defense of Civil Society around the World

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