Research and Policy Intern
Natasha Westheimer is interning at the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute. Her self-designed major in International Development and Conflict Management, specialization in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict for a double major in Jewish Studies, citation as a Public Leadership Scholar, and certificate of International Law and Negotiation from the University of Amsterdam combine to give her the versatile background needed for dealing with issues related to not only transboundary water management, but to the general issues relating to peace building and resource management. Natasha wrote her two senior theses on different aspects of water policy and management in Israel. The first addresses the current challenges related to allocation of water between Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The second investigates the roots of Israel’s current water policy within Zionist ideologies. To complement her studies, Natasha interned at the U.S. Department of State, where she gained an in depth understanding of the U.S. financial aid and foreign policy world, which she is eager to contribute to the Arava Institute. Natasha is thrilled to continue exploring this path and learning more about the intricate and complex water management system within the region through her internship at CTWM.