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Seth D. Kaplan

Seth D. Kaplan is a professorial lecturer in the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University
Articles by Seth D. Kaplan

The Rise of Conservatism in Israel

Israeli society was long perceived as culturally, socially, and polit­ically liberal, similar in orientation to societies in North America and western Europe. Its more recent rightward turn has thus triggered much hand-wringing—both at home and among friends abroad. Those whom Menachem Mautner terms Israel’s “liberal for­mer hegemons” (LFHs), secular Ashkenazi Jews in law, media, business,…

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Trump, Conservatives, and Human Rights

During his short presidency, President Trump has downplayed human rights, preferring to emphasize American economic and military interests abroad. He has sought to develop close ties with autocratic Arab rulers and invited human rights abusers such as Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte to the White House. Yet the administration has not totally sidelined human rights concerns,…

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