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Colette_Avital.jpgAmbassador Colette Avital is a board member at Mitvim Institute. Avital immigrated to Israel from Romania. She began her career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs holding a variety of positions. At the Ministry she was Deputy Director for Information, Desk Officer for Scandinavian Affairs, Director of the Training Division, Deputy Director General for Public Affairs, and finally Deputy Director General for European Affairs. She also held various diplomatic postings around the world, including: Montreal (Chancellor) Brussels (Press and Cultural Attache), Boston (Consul and Acting Consul General), Paris (Minister Counselor) Lisbon Portugal (Ambassador) and New York (Consul General with the rank of Ambassador). In 1999 she turned to politics and, joining the Labor Party, served as an MK in the 15th-17th parliaments. During this time she was was a member of the Education, Law and Constitution, and Defense and Foreign Affairs committees. She headed the Absorption and Diaspora Affairs committee and was elected Deputy Speaker of the House.M.K. Avital also formed an Inquiry Committee for the Location and Restitution of assets in Israel of Holocaust victims. The Committee published its report in 2005, and subsequently a law was passed creating a State company for the restitution of these assets. Amb. Avital serves in a multitude of public foundations and institutes, and has received a number of awards, including from the President of France (Officier de la Legion d'Honneur) and the President of Italy (Cavaliere del'Ordine della Republica). Amb. Avital holds a BA degree from the Hebrew University, an MA degree from Harvard. She was awarded Honorary Doctorates by the College of New Rochelle and Wheaton College.

Inbal_Ben-Ezer.jpgInbal Ben-Ezer is Researcher at Mitvim Institute. She holds a B.A. in international relations and "Amirim" program from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a M.A. in Coexistence and Conflict Resolution from Brandeis University in the USA. During her studies in the U.S. she also gained expertise in community organizing at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and is currently involved as a researcher in a research project at HKS on the motivational aspects of activism. Inbal's work and research interests focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and potential resolution. She has worked as project manager at the Peres Center for Peace, bringing together Israeli and Palestinian youth, directed a national field campaign in the 2015 Israeli elections, and trained civil society actors from Israel, the MENA region, and the USA, on leadership and community organizing.

Rebecca_Bornstein_-_Small.jpgRebecca Bornstein is Researcher at the Mitvim Institute, and Editor of Mitvim's monthly report on US foreign policy in the Middle East. She holds an MA in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University. Her expertise is focused on Iran, nuclear security, Middle Eastern regional dynamics, and transnational challenges. Previously, she lived in Washington DC, where she worked on a range of international security issues, including as a consultant to the US Department of State on nuclear security in the Middle East and Central Asia. She was also a Herbert Scoville Peace Fellow at the Henry L. Stimson Center.

 

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 Times.com, Foreign Affairs.com, 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.  

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 Board Member at Mitvim Institute 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.

Merav Kahana is the Programs Director at the Mitvim Institute. She holds a B.A and an M.A in Middle Eastern Studies and an M.A in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University. During the past few years she has worked as a project manager at the Geneva Initiative and the Council for Peace and Security while also actively volunteering with the Peace Now movement. Merav has also participated in several leadership training programs, among them the Politikva course by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; and a political leadership course by Tel Aviv University’s Student Union in cooperation with Peace Now.

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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.

 

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Sana Knaneh is a researcher at the Mitvim Institute. She is a pharmacist and holds a M.A. in international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a focus on security and diplomacy. She has worked as research assistant with Dr. Dafna Golan-Agnon in the Minerva Human Rights Fellowship program and with Dr. Sigal Horovitz in the program for transitional justice at the Minerva Center for Human Rights. Sana is a graduate of the US Embassy's negotiation program in collaboration with the Israeli Center on Negotiations (ICON), and a graduate of the International Visitors Leadership Programs (IVLP) on youth and community conflict resolution. Sana is a certified Seeds of Peace dialogue-group and conflict resolution facilitator, and has facilitated various groups from different organizations, including the Van Leer Institute, IPECRI, Seeds of Peace, Baladna, Kol Ha'Isha, the Citizens' Accord Forum, and Lidice Haus. Sana is also a facilitator and member of the 'Ridgefield Group' that aims to draft a vision document of a shared society model in Israel, an initiative of the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2008, Sana was elected by "Zinuk La Mahar" as one of ten leading social entrepreneurs in Israel, as part of the international YouthActionNet program.

 

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.

 

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.

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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.

_רוטלוי.jpgYair Rotlevi is a Board Member at Mitvim Institute. He works in the Israeli industry and was involved in the leadership of some of Israel's most prominent organizations, such as Bezeq International, Bank Hapoalim, and the Israel Postal service. Mr. Rotlevi served as CEO and chairman of Lodzia Rotex Investment Ltd.; chairman of the board at Argaman Industries Ltd. Rotex (1980) Ltd., and Midas Investment Ltd.; and Chairman of Ratio Oil Exploration Ltd., and of Pro-Seed – Venture Capital Fund. As part of his public work, Rotlevi served as member of Tel-Aviv University's management of the Friends Association, and its board of trustees; member of the board of trustees at Shenkar and Afeka-Tel Aviv colleges, and Director of the Lahav Executive Education program at Tel-Aviv University. He also previously served as member and of the Tel-Aviv council and its management, and chairman of the Tel-Aviv municipal companies. Finally, he was chairman of the Manufacturers Association workers union and of the Coordinating Bureau of Economic Organizations, and member of the Manufacturers Association Presidency.

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.

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Khader Sawaed is a researcher at Mitvim Insitute. Sawaed is a PhD student at the School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa. His dissertation focuses on the differences in regime change outcomes between similar states: the cases of Egypt and Tunisia after the "Arab Spring". His research interests include contemporary Middle Eastern history, Arab politics and inter-Arab states relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Learning and decision-making in foreign policy, and qualitative research methods. He received his M.A degree in International Relations from the University of Haifa, writing his thesis on The Egyptian Policy toward Israel and the Learning process after the Defeat of June 1967. He is a Co-founding moderator of the Israeli Social Science PhD students' listserv; and he serves as vice-principal and evaluation coordinator at a junior-high school in Shfar'am.

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Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin is a public opinion expert and an international political and strategic consultant; she is also an academic and a writer. Her doctoral research examined unrecognized states, which emerged from ethno-nationalist conflicts and declared independence unilaterally. In the past, she has worked as a Senior Analyst for the Washington-based global firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research; the director of international campaigns at GCS Issue Management, and a researcher at the Israel Democracy Institute. She has advised and conducted research on five national campaigns in Israel. As an independent consultant, she conducts extensive public opinion research on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the peace process, along with issues of democracy, human rights, minority relations and foreign affairs for a wide range of NGOs. Ms. Scheindlin works internationally on electoral campaigns, social and civil society projects in Serbia, Ukraine, Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and the US among other countries. Ms. Scheindlin holds a doctorate in political science at Tel Aviv University; she is an adjunct university lecturer, a regular media commentator, and she writes a regular column at +972 Magazine, where she is also Chairperson of the Board of Directors.

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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

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Meirav Sela is Government Relations Coordinator at Mitvim Institute. She holds a B.A. in international relations and a M.A. in conflict research and resolution from The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She worked as Government Affairs coordinator at "Blue White Future" and during her studies she also served as Program coordinator, official guests and protocol department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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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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.

Jenia Yudkevich is a Board Member at Mitvim Institute. Since 2008, she has worked in various functions in the academic administration. Currently, she directs the European Research Council (ERC) research grants at the Faculty of Humanities at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jenia holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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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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