Israeli Politics and Society
Harry & Blanche Posen Memorial Lecture
Continuity, Change and Contradictions: Israeli Politics and Society Today
May 5, 2021, 12:30-2:30 pm
Gabriel Ben-Dor is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of a National Security Studies Program in the School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa. He served in the past as the Rector of the University and also held the posts of Chairman of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies and Dean of Research. He was the founding Director of the School of Political Sciences at the University. He is also a past President of the Israel Political Science Association. He is a member of a number of high-level public commissions and forums dealing with academic development and policy in Israel and abroad. In the past, he served as senior adviser on strategic affairs to the Israeli Ministry of Defense. Professor Ben-Dor was until recently the director of the graduate study program at the National Defense College, the highest course of the studies in the Israeli Defense Forces. He has recently completed a six-year term as a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies—one of the most prestigious publications in the field.
Gabriel Ben-Dor has published seven books and over one hundred and twenty articles in scholarly journals on Middle East politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, national security affairs, strategic studies, ethnic problems and political theory.
His recent publications include books on Transition in Israel, Confidence Building in the Middle East, and Minorities in the Arab World. At present, he is at work on a major book dealing with the problems of countering terrorism in democratic societies.
Professor Ben-Dor has been a frequent visiting lecturer at a number of universities in Western Europe, Africa, Singapore, Canada and the United States. He holds a doctorate in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University in the United States. He lectured for over twenty years at the Royal College of Defense Studies in London, England, one of the leading institutions for national security affairs in the world.