The Begin-Sadat Center For Strategic Studies
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Israeli decision-makers in military and civilian life, diplomats, journalists and academics worldwide – all have come to rely on the Begin-Sadat Center’s work when considering the opportunities for peace and the problems of war in the Middle East. A non-partisan and independent institute, The Center was founded in 1993 by Thomas O. Hecht, a Canadian Jewish community leader, and receives generous support from Mira & Saul Koschitzky. The Center is named in memory of Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat, whose groundbreaking Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty laid the cornerstone for future conflict resolution in the Middle East.

Over the past 24 years, the Center has produced some 750 original research and policy papers as well as 25 books. It has conducted more than 600 symposia and international conferences — for defense, military industry, and intelligence and foreign policy specialists, as well as diplomats, business people, academics and politicians.

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies has been ranked one of the three top think tanks in the Middle East and Africa, along with Carnegie Middle East Center in Lebanon and the Gulf Research Center of Saudi Arabia, and as the leading strategic think tank in Israel.

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Tom Hecht and Harold Heilbut
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