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Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner

Watch the conversation at the 2015 Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner with former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

The Washington Institute is proud to honor Ehud Barak, a decorated soldier and would-be peacemaker who served as Israel's prime minister and longtime defense minister, and Leon Panetta, a distinguished American statesman who served as secretary of defense and director of central intelligence, and pay tribute to the generous service of our chairman, Martin J. Gross, at our Ninth Annual Scholar-Statesman Award Dinner in New York on December 1, 2015.

The Scholar-Statesman Award celebrates outstanding leaders who, through their public service and professional achievements, exemplify the idea that sound scholarship and a discerning knowledge of history are essential to wise and effective policy and the advancement of peace and security in the Middle East.

Scholar-Statesman Award Honorees

2015: Ehud Barak and Leon Panetta
2014: Ambassador Michael B. Oren and Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich
2013: Dr. Condoleezza Rice
2012: Elliott Abrams and Dennis B. Ross
2011: Natan Sharansky and Saad Eddin Ibrahim
2010: Tony Blair
2009: William Jefferson Clinton
2008: Henry Kissinger
2007: Bernard Lewis and George P. Shultz

Since 2010, the event has also recognized luminaries from the Institute's board of trustees and board of advisors, respected leaders in business, philanthropy, and civic life who believe in the power of ideas. Their leadership and vision has strengthened their communities and the Institute's ability to fulfill its mission.

Washington institute Leaders

2015: Martin J. Gross
2014: Noni and Alan Aufzien
2013: Mortimer B. Zuckerman
2012: Lorraine and Richard Abramson
2011: John M. Shapiro
2010: Howard P. Berkowitz

For information about the Scholar-Statesman Award, email the Institute's press office or call 202-452-0650.