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September 25, 2015  RSS feed

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Tampa Bay Cardozo Society annual event to feature talk on Iran deal, future of the Mideast

Jonathan Schanzer Jonathan Schanzer A noted Middle East expert, Jonathan Schanzer, will speak on “The Iran Deal and the Future of the Middle East” at the annual gathering of the Cardozo Society of Tampa Bay on Thursday, Nov.12.

The program, open to everyone, also will honor two attorneys for their leadership in the legal profession and the Tampa Bay Jewish community. The names of the honorees have yet to be announced.

The guest speaker is vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and previously served as a counterterrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he took part in the designation of numerous terrorism financiers.

Schanzer has studied Middle East history in four countries, speaks Arabic and Hebrew and is the author of five critically acclaimed books. He has also written more than 400 articles on Middle East affairs, and provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Bloomberg, C-SPAN, and the Arabic language channels Al-Arabiyya and Al-Jazeera. A highly sought-after speaker, Schanzer reaches hundreds of thousands of Americans through lectures and media appearances each year. He has traveled widely in Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Morocco, Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Territories.

Since joining the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Schanzer has been singularly focused on ensuring that the organization delivers not only accurate and timely research, but also research that is useful to decision makers in Washington, across America, and around the world.

Schanzer got his start in the policy world as a research fellow at the Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia based think tank. He then worked as a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and after his stint at Treasury, he was deputy executive director of the Jewish Policy Center and the editor of the JPC’s journal, inFOCUS Quarterly.

Schanzer holds a BA from Emory University, a masters degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a doctorate from Kings College London. He also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception including heavy hors d’oeuvres and will be immediately followed with the program at 7:15 p.m. It is being held at The Bank of Tampa, 200 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The bank is sponsor for the event, which is open to the entire community. It is free for all Federation donors, with an entry fee of $25 per person for all non-donors. For more information or to RSVP, visit either or

The Cardozo Society is an honorary society for Jewish attorneys in the Tampa Bay area and aims to celebrate the legal profession’s commitment to the principles of the Federation. The society hosts programs that integrate Jewish and legal concerns and provides educational, leadership, social and networking opportunities for attorneys.

Co-chairs for the event are Jonathan Ellis, Greg Fox and Howard Miller.

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