$4.5 Million Gift Establishes Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem

Apr 30, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Shalem Center

    JERUSALEM, April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Shalem Center and
 the Adelson Family Foundation, today jointly announced the creation of the
 Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.
 The Institute will be funded by the Foundation with a gift of $4.5 million.
 The gift launches an academic and research institute that will develop,
 articulate and build support for the strategic principles needed to address
 the challenges currently facing Israel and the West.
     The newly named Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies is part of the
 Shalem Center, a research and academic institute in Jerusalem. The Adelson
 Institute, whose founding chairman and head is Natan Sharansky, includes as
 fellows Lt. Gen (Res.) Moshe Yaalon, Martin Kramer, Michael Oren and Yossi
 Klein Halevi. The institute will explore topics ranging from democracy and
 security, to nationalism, terror and identity.
     "Long-term strategies have to be built on values, not short-term
 interests. Real, lasting interests are always connected to values like
 democracy, respect for identity, religious tolerance, and freedom. The gift
 and vision of Sheldon and Miri Adelson will enable us to tackle the most
 serious challenges facing the Middle East and the West and to build
 long-view approaches and plans that will ensure the stability and peace of
 Israel and of the free world," said Adelson Institute Founding Chairman
 Natan Sharansky, a distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center.
     The first project of the Adelson Institute, the Conference on Democracy
 and Security set for Prague in June, has already attracted dozens of pro-
 democracy dissidents from around the world. The President of the United
 States, George W. Bush will address the conference.
     Through a program of research, publications, education, public events
 and conferences, the Institute will advance ideas such as the:
     -- Spreading of human rights and democracy
     -- Opposition to totalitarian regimes
     -- Defense of national sovereignty and a Jewish state
     In a bid to engage the broader academic and policy communities, the
 institute will also host visiting scholars able to analyze and make policy
 recommendations about issues of global importance.
     "I am thrilled to be able to support an initiative that is equally
 critical to crucial issues facing Israel and the West, and we are
 especially excited to support Natan Sharansky, and his team with their
 remarkable track record of vision, scholarship and courage," said Sheldon
     Added Dr. Miriam Adelson, "We believe this institute will help secure
 values we hold dear, and we want to focus on securing that future. It's
 important to Israel, to the Middle East and to the whole world that
 democracy, human rights and freedom are safeguarded for generations to
     "Israel is ideally suited to providing leadership to the West in
 responding to today's challenges, and Natan Sharansky and the fellows in
 his institute have a crucial role to play in providing the intellectual
 leadership and strategic thinking that are needed. We at the Shalem Center
 are delighted to receive the support of the Adelson Family Foundation, in
 order to launch the strategic studies institute," said Shalem Center
 President Daniel Polisar.
     Dr. Adelson is an Israeli born physician who works in the area of
 treating substance addiction in the United States and Israel. Mr. Adelson
 is Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp. The Adelsons reside in Las
 Vegas, Nevada.
     For other information, please contact:
     In the United States: Megan McDonald, Ruder Finn/DC - +1-202-974-5093
     In Europe: Hugh McKinney, Ruder Finn/London - +44-207-462-8942
     In Israel and the Rest of the World: Dani Wassner, Ruder Finn/Israel -
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