Gadi Baltiansky

Gadi Baltiansky is the Director General of "Education for Peace Ltd.," the Geneva Initiative headquarters in Tel Aviv. Between 1999 and 2001, he served as Press Secretary to Prime Minister Ehud Barak. In this capacity, he was in charge of the public aspects of Israel's security and foreign affairs in general and the peace process in particular. He was an official member of the Israeli negotiating teams opposite Syria and the Palestinians and, as such, participated in numerous summits, meetings and events in the international arena. From 1995 to 1998, Baltiansky served as Press Counselor at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC, prior to which he served as advisor to the Deputy Foreign Minister (1994-5), Vice Consul in Miami, Florida (1991-3) and assistant to the Director General (1990-1). He previously worked as a journalist in Yediot Aharonot. He holds an M.A. in public administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in political science and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Daniel Bar-Tal2Daniel Bar-Tal is a Branco Weiss Professor of Research in Child Development and Education at the School of Education, Tel Aviv University. His research interest is in political and social psychology studying socio-psychological foundations of intractable conflicts and peace making, as well as development of political understanding among children and peace education. He has published twenty books and over two hundreds articles and chapters in major social and political psychological journals, books and encyclopedias. He served as a President of the International Society of Political Psychology and received various awards for his work, including the Lasswell Award of the International Society of Political Psychology for "distinguished scientific contribution in the field of political psychology."

ilan baruchAmbassador (ret.) Ilan Baruch is currently the policy advisor for MK Zehava Galon, Chairperson of MERETZ and a peace activist. He resigned from the MFA on grounds of principle, after 36 years of diplomatic career. It included overseas postings in Asia, Europe and Africa. Head-quarter postings: founder/director of the Palestinian Autonomy department, head - coordination of the Multilateral Peace Process and head - Middle East division for economic cooperation. Baruch was a team member of the Israeli delegation to the Oslo Peace negotiations, and participated in various negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Egypt on economic agreements. His last posting was Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, as well as Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Since his early retirement, Baruch is devoting his time and experience to projects in public diplomacy, is running a weekly program in the "All for Peace" radio, and contributes political analysis in different media outlets.

Ehud Eiran

Dr. Ehud Eiran is a Board Member at Mitvim and an Assistant Professor of International Relations, in the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa. He is also the Founding Co-Director of the Haifa Research Center for Maritime Strategy. Dr. Eiran holds degrees in Law and Political Science from Tel-Aviv University, Cambridge University, and Brandeis University. He held research appointments at Harvard Law School, Harvard's Kennedy School, and Brandeis University and was a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at MIT. Prior to his academic career Dr. Eiran held a number of positions in the Israeli civil service including clerking for two Attorney Generals, and as Assistant to the Prime Minister's Foreign Policy Advisor. Dr. Eiran has published numerous analytical pieces in popular and scholarly outlets including the New York, Foreign, and Newsweek, and was a guest on leading American shows such Charlie Rose and NPR's On-Point. Eiran is interested in practical and theoretical aspects of international conflict and conflict resolution, with a particular interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict.  

Akiva Eldar2

Akiva Eldar is a contributing writer for Al-Monitor's Israel Pulse. He was formerly the chief political columnist and an editorial writer for Haaretz. Eldar is the author of the books: "The Ambush on Jerusalem" (with Nimrod Goren), which deals with U.S.-Israel-Jewish community relations, and "Lords of the Land" (with Idith Zertal), an exploration of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank. In 2007 he received the annual "Search for Common Ground" award for Middle East journalism. Since 1978, he held numerous roles at Haaretz, including Washington correspondent, and his articles are published world-wide. Since 1996, Eldar publishes a weekly column, "Border Control", as well as opinion pieces, commentary and interviews. Eldar was the last Israeli journalist to interview Arafat. In addition, he interviewed various regional and international leaders. In 2000, Eldar revealed the text of President Clinton's proposed peace agreement between Israel and Syria. In 2004 he published a comprehensive investigation of the second Camp David summit and the events of the al-Aqsa Intifada. Eldar holds a BA in Psychology and Political Science. He is a lecturer in communications at Tel Aviv University and the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center. He participates in international conferences and working groups with Palestinians, and is among the central figures behind the Israeli Peace Initiative.

Michal Ashkenazi

Michal Eskenazi is a doctoral student in Political Science at Vanderbilt University, focusing on Conflict Studies. She holds an MA degree from the NYU, where she also worked at the Center on Law and Security. Before moving to the U.S, she worked as a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant at the Center for the Study of European Politics and Society in Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Eskenazi also volunteers at the Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation (YIFC), where she serves as the Program Manager. The center of work in both places was Israel-EU relations, and the EU involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dr. Nimrod Goren

Nimrod Goren is the Founder and Chairman of Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies and a Teaching Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and Political Psychology from the Hebrew University, and his dissertation topic was "The role of external incentives in promoting peace: the cases of Israel and Turkey". After completing his doctorate, Dr. Goren was selected to take part in Public Policy training at Syracuse University as the Israeli participant in the U.S. State Department's Fulbright Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program. Dr. Goren was the former Executive Director of the Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation (YIFC), and in this capacity he was awarded the 2009 Victor J. Goldberg IIE Prize for Peace in the Middle East. In addition, Dr. Goren served as a consultant in the Northern Ireland peace process, and has worked at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, The Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic Studies, and at The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kamal Hassan

Kamal Hassan is a Policy Fellow at Mitvim and a lecturer at the Open University, and a Ph.D. candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv Univeristy. His areas of expertise are: Islam, Democracy and Civil Society; think tanks, and Arab society in Israel. Mr. Hassan has a Master's in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben Gurion University and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Haifa. In 2010, he was selected by the U.S. Embassy in Israel to participate in the Civic Education and Leadership in the Middle East Fellows Program at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Mr. Hassan also teaches History and Citizenship Education in high schools, has served as a Board Member of the organization "Peace Children," was the Arab sector representative in the organization "Peace Generation," the President of the Students' Union for Higher Education in Tamra, and the Vice-President of The Western Galilee College's Students' Union.

Anat lapidot-firilla2

Anat Lapidot-Firilla is senior research fellow and academic director of the Mediterranean Neighbours unit at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. She is also the head of the Forum for the Study of Turkeyand editor of the new Journal of Levantine Studies. She teaches Turkish foreign policy at the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Lapidot-Firilla received her BA in Jewish History and the History of the Middle East from Tel Aviv University, and holds a PhD from the Department of Politics, the University of Durham, U.K. Prior to joining the VLJI she was researcher and academic director of the Center for Strategic and Policy Studies, School of Public Policy, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was also research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. She has been granted numerous scholarships and awards, among which are grants from the Wingate Scholarship, the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, U.K, HIRIJW Research Grant, awarded by Brandeis University US and the YTS at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace (2003- 2006). In 2002 she was a visiting scholar at the Center of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. Her research focuses on various aspects of religion, politics, and identity conflicts with an emphasis on Turkey.

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Lior Lehrs is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The topic of his research is "Private Peace Entrepreneurs in conflict resolution processes". He is also a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, where he deals with political issues concerning Jerusalem and the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiation and conflicts regarding holy sites. He is a Doctoral Fellow at Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.


Alon Liel

Alon Liel is the former Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Israel-Syria Peace Society, and an International Relations lecturer at Tel Aviv University and the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center. Dr. Liel held numerous positions in the Foreign Ministry, including the Israeli Ambassador to South Africa, Consul General in Atlanta, Foreign Ministry Spokesman, and Charge D'affairs of Israel in Turkey. Between 1994 to 1996, he served as the Director General of the Ministry of Economy and Planning, and between 2002 -2006 as the Chairman of the Israel-Turkey Business Council. Dr. Liel is owner and chairman of the consulting company Global Code Ltd., which focuses mainly on initiating and accompanying projects in Turkey. Dr. Liel is also the Chairman of the Board of the Herzilya Gymnasium. In addition, he is a member of the board of several civil society organizations, which promote peace and equality. Dr. Liel has published several books, including: Demo Islam, Islamic Democracy in Turkey, Turkish-Israeli Relations 1949-2010, and The Equalizer - South Africa is Building a Nation.

Moshe Maoz

Moshe Ma'oz is Professor Emeritus of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a previous Director of the university's Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. Prof. Ma'oz is renowned for his expertise in Arab and Middle East affairs, and has published extensively on Islam and on the and history and politics of the Middle East. He is a leading expert on Syria. Prof. Ma'oz has been a visiting professor, scholar and fellow at many leading universities and institutions around the world. He has served as an advisor on Arab Affairs for Israel's Knesset, and was a member of official advisory committees that counseled Prime Ministers Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin.

Gabriel MitchellGabriel Mitchell is Mitvim's Israel-Turkey Project Coordinator and a PhD candidate in Government & International Affairs at Virginia Tech University. Born in the United States, Gabriel moved to Israel in 2005. He writes regularly about events in Turkey and Israel and has been published in a number of newspapers and journals, including The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, The New Republic, The American Interest, Hürriyet Daily News, Turkish Policy Quarterly, and The Washington Review of Turkish & Eurasian Affairs. Gabriel holds an MA in Political Science from Hebrew University and BA in European and Middle Eastern History from The Ohio State University.


yael Patir

Yael Patir is the Israel Director at J Street. Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Yael holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science, and a Master degree in Public Policy both from Tel Aviv University. In her previous position, Yael worked at the Shimon Peres Center for Peace where she served as Director of the Civil Leadership Department. During this time, she also served as the Israeli Coordinator of the Palestinian-Israeli Peace NGO Forum since its establishment in January 2006 until January 2012. She also held positions as Research and Teaching Assistant in Tel Aviv University. Yael is a fellow at the Mitvim Institute and an Atkin Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization in King's College London. Yael writes on issues relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli civil society, politics and foreign policy.


Joel PetersJoel Peters is a Policy Fellow at the Mitvim Institute and is a Professor of Government and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech University. He specializes in the field of conflict resolution, and is also a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) and an affiliate professor in the Department of Politics and Government, both at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. His research interests and publications cover Israeli foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, and Europe's relations in the Middle East. He is currently completing a book on contemporary Israeli foreign policy since the end of the Cold War. He has been an active participant in various informal Israeli-Palestinian track II meetings on issues ranging from Jerusalem, refugees, borders, economic development and regional security. He is the lead editor of the Routledge Handbook the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the author of Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union (with Sharon Pardo); Israel and the European Union: A Documentary History (with Sharon Pardo); Israel and Africa: The Problematic Friendship. 

Elie Podeh

Elie Podeh is a Board Member at Mitvim and a professor in the Department of Islam and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main fields of expertise are: Egypt, inter-Arab relations, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and education and culture in the Middle East. Prof. Podeh Completed his Ph.D. at Tel-Aviv University in Middle Eastern Studies and a post-Doctorate from Cornell University. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. From 2004-2009, Prof. Podeh served as the Chair of the Department of Islam and Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also served as the editor of The New East (Hamizrah Hehadash) – the Hebrew journal of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Association of Israel (MEISAI) – during the years 2000-2008. Prof. Podeh has published and edited several books on: inter-Arab relations, Egypt and Nasserism, a reflection on the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Israeli textbooks, Arab-Jewish relations, Britain and the Middle East, and national holidays in the Arab world. His current research deals with missed opportunities in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. Prof. Podeh is a frequent commentator in the Israeli daily Ha'aretz and on various TV programs.

Brian Reeves is a Visiting Fellow at the Mitvim Institute. He also works as an Intelligence Officer at TAM-C Solutions, a risk assessment firm. Before coming to Israel, he worked in several Jewish organizations in the Washington, DC area. Brian is a recent graduate of the International Relations M.A. program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also holds a B.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Brandeis University. During his undergraduate studies he spent a semester abroad in Jordan.


Rumley - Mitvim PicGrant Rumley is a Visiting Fellow at Mitvim. Prior to joining Mitvim, Grant was a consultant in the Washington DC area on Middle East and US National Security issues. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Review of Near East Affairs, a website dedicated to producing elevated, pragmatic analyses on regional politics and security. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he studied International Relations and Arabic. In 2010, Grant studied at the University of Alexandria, Egypt, where he was also the Director of International Student Relations at the University Student Advisory Board. He is a current Ambassadorial Scholar and M.A. candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he studies Islamic and Middle Eastern studies and Arabic.
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Ilai Saltzman

Ilai Saltzman is a Board Member at Mitvim and a lecturer in International Relations at Claremont McKenna College in the USA. Previously, he was an Adjunct Professor of International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Academic Director of the International Studies Program at the Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium. He has served as a research fellow in the Security Studies Program at the Belfer Center at Harvard University, as a professor of International Relations at Tel Aviv University, as well as General Secretary and Board Member at the Young Israeli Forum for Cooperation (YIFC). Dr. Saltzman wrote his doctoral thesis in the School of Political Science at Haifa University, and his book, Securitizing Balance of Power Theory: A Polymorphic Reconceptualization, was published in 2012. His areas of specialization include International Relations, Security Studies, U.S. Foreign Policy, Political Psychology, as well as History and Foreign Relations of China and Japan.

אריק סגל

Arik Segal is an expert in international conflict management and innovative dialogue structures on sub-political levels. Following a political position at the Embassy of Korea in Israel (2009-2010) he set up his own independent consulting firm, focusing on the use of technological platforms in conflict management projects. He works in cooperation with international organizations, institutions and NGO's  in frameworks that impact decision makers and civil societies. Arik is a frequent guest speaker on Israeli and international stages such as Harvard Business School and the Interdisciplinary Center in Hertzelya. He teaches Negotiation in high schools in Israel and delivers conflict management workshops and trainings to NGO's and student groups. He is a US State Dept. international exchange alumni and a graduate of the International academy for leadership in Gummersbach, Germany. he holds an HBA in International Relations from the University of Toronto and a Masters' degree from Tel Aviv University in Diplomacy Studies, as well as a Mediator's certificate from Gevim Group

Doron ShultzinerDoron Shultziner is the Academic Director of Metzilah - Center of Zionist, Jewish, Liberal and Humanist Thought. He received his B.A. in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, and in Political Science, and an M.A. in Political Science, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. from the Politics and International Relations Department at the University of Oxford. Doron specializes in the study of democratization and the study of transformative events that impact the motivations and capacity of citizens to act against oppression. He has written a book on the topic and articles on citizens' movements in Kuwait. Doron is a researcher in Tel-Aviv University and teaches a course on the Arab-Israeli Conflict in Ben-Gurion University.

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Ksenia Svetlova is currently serving as Knesset Memeber (Zionist Union) in Israel's 20th Knesset. She is also a Policy Fellow at Mitvim, a writer and commentator on Arab Affairs for Channel Nine, a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, BBC, Kommersant (Russia) and others. She was awarded First Prize in the competition "Tel-forum Moscow" for her article "Cavemen: The 21st Century". Ms. Svetlova is an expert in modern Egypt, Arab culture and society, and Islamic preachers. Through her journalistic work, she has visited many Arab countries, including Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, and Malaysia. She covered the War in Iraq from a U.S. battleship in the Persian Gulf, has many year of experience working in the Palestinian Territories, and has pubished exclusive articles from Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution. Ms. Stvetlova is a PhD student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and holds a BA and MA in Islamic Studies and the Middle East from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. See the list of her Mitvim pubications.

Yonatan TOUVAL2

Yonatan Touval is a Board Member at Mitvim and a foreign policy analyst specializing in conflict resolution and regional diplomatic affairs. Since 2002, he has worked with several Israeli NGOs on the Israeli-Palestinian track. An occasional contributor of opinion pieces and book reviews, his publications have appeared in a number of newspapers, including Haaretz and The New York Times. Yonatan studied English literature at Harvard and has an MBA from INSEAD.

רונן תמונה גדולה

Ronen Zeidel is a historian of modern Iraq. He is deputy chairman of the Center for Iraq Studies in the University of Haifa. He is teaching in the Hebrew University and the Universities of Haifa and Tel Aviv courses on the history of Iraq , the geopolitics of the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli conflict. In recent years, some of his publications were published in Arabic in academic journals in Iraq.

Dr. Ido Zelkovitz2Dr. Ido Zelkovitz is a Policy Fellow at the Mitvim Institute, and a Research Fellow at the Ezri Centre for Iran and the Persian Gulf Studies in the University of Haifa. He also teaches in the Departments of Middle Eastern History and Political Science at the University of Haifa and in the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel. Dr. Zelkovitz was the Schusterman Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota for the Academic Year of 2014/15. Dr. Zelkovitz won the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Post-doctorate fellowship and in the academic year of 2011-2012 he was a postdoc research fellow in The Institute of Sociology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany. His research, academic courses, and public lectures reflect a focus on cross-disciplinary analysis of Palestinian history and politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel’s geopolitical situation in the Middle East and the role of higher education and students in building national identities in the Middle East. He is the author of two books the latest is Students and Resistance In Palestine: Books, Guns, and Politics (Routledge, 2015) and has been published in many respected peer reviewed academic journals such as Middle Eastern Studies, History of Education, Israel Affairs, and Ha-Mizrah Ha-Hadash.

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