PRESS RELEASE: DECEMBER 17, 1997

FREEMAN CENTER ANNOUNCES THE ADDITION OF THREE NEW RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Bernard J. Shapiro, Executive Director of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies, announced that three new Research Associates had joined the Freeman Center staff. They are CPT Shawn M. Pine, Military/Strategic Analyst, Boris Shusteff, Zionist/ Israeli Research and Emanuel A. Winston, Middle East Analyst. These outstanding individuals will add greatly to our ability to pursue our prime directive of strengthening Israel in its battle for survival in a hostile world.

Shapiro informed us about the growth and development of the Freeman Center. Although only 5 years old, its has attracted and international membership from Israel, Europe, Canada, Australia, India and Turkey in addition to the US. The Freeman Center Web Site (URL: http://freeman.io.com) has grown to over 15 megabytes, including over 1200 pages of articles dealing with security and political issues facing Israel. Tens of thousand of visitors, including students, university scholars, government and military personnel have taken advantage of this resource. The Freeman Web Site also offers easing access (hypertext links) to a wide variety of important Israeli news, government and organization sites. The Freeman Center also broadcasts (10-15 times a week) news and commentary by fax and e-mail to over a 1000 people worldwide. THE MACCABEAN, the Freeman Center's monthly magazine of commentary and political analysis on Israeli and Jewish affairs, is read worldwide. It also reaches key policy makers in Washington.

The three new Research Associates will join a existing staff including:

David Basch -- Philosopher / Political Analyst, Yossef Bodansky -- World Terrorism Analyst, Arvind Ghosh -- Hindu Historian & Publisher , Mark E. Langfan -- Military/Strategic Analyst, Dan Nimrod -- Zionist / Israeli Research, Bernard J. Shapiro -- Political Analyst

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A brief biographical sketch of each new Research Associate appears below:

BIOS OF NEW RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

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CPT SHAWN M. PINE

Military / Strategic Analyst

Shawn Pine recently returned from Israel where he was a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University.

Prior to attending Georgetown University, he served three years in the Golani Brigade of Israeli Defense Forces. He completed nine years active duty as an officer in the United States Army and served in a myriad of positions including: serving with the Multinational Force and Observers mission in Sinai, Egypt, commanding a mountain training camp at Fort Lewis, Washington, and serving as detachment commander of the Fort Sam Houston Counterintelligence detachment, San Antonio, Texas. He is currently serving as a counterintelligence officer in a Military Intelligence unit located in Austin, Texas.

He has published a number of articles concerning the prevailing political, military, and strategic environment in the Middle East. In addition to THE MACCABEAN, his works have appeared in Israel Affairs, The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, The Jerusalem Post, and Nativ. Most recently, he contributed an article to the recently published work FROM RABIN TO NETANYAHU: Israel's Troubled Agenda.

BORIS SHUSTEFF --

Zionist / Israeli Research

Borris Shusteff was born on March 25, 1953, in Vitebsk in Byelorussia (one of the republics of the former USSR). He received a Masters Degree in Electrical engineering (power distribution) from the Byelorussian Polytechnical Institute in 1975 and worked in Minsk for several years as a consulting engineer. In 1978 he was married and moved to Riga (Latvia) where he worked as a design engineer.

Shusteff emigrated to the USA in 1989 and settled in Rochester (NY), where he live now with his wife and two children, and where he is employed as an electrical engineer by a consulting company. His main hobby is chess and he is a senior chess master and occasionally coaches chess students.

Shusteff never had a real Jewish or Zionist education as it was absolutely unavailable in the USSR. He taught himself Yiddish and a little Hebrew and learned Jewish tradition from his grandparents. His deep passion for Jewish history led him to some of the classics: to Graetz's "History of the Jews" and Philippson's "History of the Jewish People." He became familiar with Yiddish literature through originals and through Russian translations.

Shusteff was always concerned with events happening in Israel and listening to "Kol Israel"radio station was constant in his apartment. After moving to Riga, he finally found an opportunity to seriously start learning Hebrew. Hebrew was forbidden in USSR and he learned it in so called "clandestine" groups. He attended lessons in private groups of "refuseniks" that where under constant KGB supervision. His Hebrew teachers finally received permission to make "aliya" in 1988, where he enjoyed visiting them in 1993 during his first journey to Eretz Israel. Shusteff strongly believes that Eretz Israel is the only place where the Jews belong and where he hopes eventually to settle. He often says: "This is why I feel the pain of the Jewish state so strong, since I feel so much that it is my country."

Here in America, he finally obtained access to all the major Zionist and Jewish sources and, for the last couple of years he stopped playing chess at the tournament level and plunged himself into reading and study. Although he started writing for THE MACCABEAN only in March of this year, it was not his first experience. He used to write and still occasionally writes poetry (in Russian), but was never published them, as the Jewish theme was not honored in the USSR and very few will read them in Russian here.

His readers all attest to the brilliance of his use of Jewish and Zionist sources to weave an article of great relevance to the problems facing Israel today. Shusteff's fond hope is to relay some obvious though significant thoughts to people through his writing. He succeeds.

EMANUEL A. WINSTON

Middle East Analyst

Emanuel Winston writes extensively about geo-politics and war, often forecasting coming events in the region of the Middle East, including the relations between Washington and Jerusalem. He has published over 2500 articles in the International Press, both secular, Anglo/Jewish and Hebrew - including U.S.A. TODAY, the NEW YORK TIMES, the WASHINGTON POST, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, THE MACCABEAN, BOSTON GLOBE, JUF NEWS, MIDWEST JEWISH WEEK, the NEW YORK JEWISH PRESS, and THE MACCABEAN - as well as MA'ARIV and THE JERUSALEM POST. He also publishes technical articles in such military journals as U.S. DEFENSE NEWS. He was also Political Editor for the NATIONAL JEWISH NEWS/ISRAEL TODAY.

He has given hundreds of radio and television interviews on these topics - over 150 during the Gulf War and was ABC's Chicago expert on the MidEast. Mr. Winston travels to Israel 3 to 4 times a year where he meets with key government and industry officials, offering an American perspective.

He is founder of the WINSTON INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF PREJUDICE. He organized two 4 day International Congresses in Jerusalem on Prejudice, Discrimination, and Conflict by the WINSTON INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF PREJUDICE AT BAR ILAN UNIVERSITY with 100 participating scientists from the world over.

Winston has been an INTERNATIONAL TRUSTEE for the JAFFEE CENTER OF STRATEGIC STUDIES at TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY for twelve years and has been a member of the INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF GOVERNORS for the WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE for 25 YEARS.


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