Friday, October 5, 2012

Military Ethics Conference

Beit Morasha of Jerusalem is proud to announce a conference on "ETHICS AND 21st CENTURY MILITARY CONFLICTS" to be held on October 24 at The Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY (Madison Ave. at 45th St.).

The conference brings together leading professors of political philosophy, ethics and law, as well as military leaders and diplomats to discuss the challenges of defining moral standards and ethical education in asymetric and pre-emptive wars, targeted killings, and humanitarian intervention applicable to contemporary military conflicts.

The academic conference is cosponsored by Beit Morasha and the Friends of the IDF.

The public is invited to attend the conference and the concluding dinner that evening.

To register and requests for more information on the conference and dinner, contact

Allison Spielman at Allison.Spielman[at]

The conference agenda follows.


The Inaugural Conference of Beit Morasha of Jerusalem’s Edward I. Koch Center for Jewish Ethics and Public Policy Sponsored by Beit Morasha of Jerusalem & Friends of the Israel Defense Forces

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY (Madison Ave. at 45th St.)

October 24, 2012


8:30 – 9:30


9:30 -9:45

Opening Remarks: Professor Benjamin Ish Shalom, Beit Morasha of Jerusalem

General Jerry Gershon, FIDF

9:45 – 11:00

The Right of Self-Defense in 21stCentury Military Conflicts

Arthur Applbaum (Harvard University) & Yishai Beer (Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center & IDF)

11:00 – 12:20

Just Warfare in the 21st Century

Michael Walzer (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, NJ) & Asa Kasher (Tel Aviv University)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:35 – 14:50: Parallel Sessions

Just Wars and Middle East Conflicts

Gen. Gerry Gershon (FIDF) & Gen. Lord Charles Guthrie (UK)

Ethics under Fire: How Can We Educate for Moral Armies?

Gen. Eli Schermeister (IDF), Col. Glenn Goldman (US Military Academy) & Maj. Henry Soussan (US Military Academy)

14:50 – 15:10 Break

15:10 – 16:30

The Present Political and Military Situation in the Middle East

Natan Sharansky (Israel) & Daniel Kurtzer (Princeton University)

16:30 – 17:30

Targeted Killing and Civilian Casualties: Determining the Moral and Legal Boundaries

Moshe Halbertal (Hebrew University, NYU) & Col. Richard Kemp (UK)

17:30 – 18:30 Reception

18:30 – 20:00 FIDF Program and Dinner

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