List of Contributors
Dr Philipp O. Amour is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. He was a doctoral Visiting Fellow at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, American University of Beirut and at Birzeit University in the Palestinian territories (2007-9). His research examines modern political transformation and the cultural history of the Palestinians, for which he has been awarded the Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship for prospective PhD researcher (2009) and for prospective postdoctoral researcher (2011).
Ms Carly Beckerman-Boys is a Junior Research Fellow at the Global Policy Institute and a Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict, foreign policy analysis and contemporary British foreign policy.
Dr Ahron Bregman was born in Israel. After six years of army service, during which he took part in the 1982 Lebanon War, he left the army to work at the Knesset as a parliamentary assistant. He studied in Jerusalem and London, completing a doctorate in War Studies at King's College London in 1994. He is the author of The Fifty Years War (Penguin, 1998, with Jihan el-Tahri), the companion book to a six-part BBC television documentary; and its sequel Elusive Peace (Penguin, 2005), the companion book to a three-part BBC television documentary; also of a History of Israel (Palgrave, 2002) and Israel's Wars (Routledge, 2010). His book Occupation: Israel and the Occupied Territories since 1967 was published by Penguin in 2012. He teaches at the Department of War Studies, King's College London.
Dr Assaf David, a Jordan expert, holds a PhD in Social Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He teaches and conducts research on Jordan, civil-military relations and comparative politics of the Middle East at the Hebrew University. He is a chief analyst of Jordan affairs at the Economic Cooperation Foundation (ECF), an Israel-based NGO. He serves as a consultant on Jordan affairs for other Israeli and foreign NGOs, as well as private sector and public sector organisations.
Dr Claudia De Martino graduated summa cum laude from her BA in Contemporary History at Roma Tre University with a thesis on the Egyptian Free Officers' Revolution (1952-6); and in 2007 completed her MA at the University of La Sapienza in Rome with a thesis on the relationship between the Italian Communist Party and the PLO 1969-89. In 2008 she spent a study year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, thanks to a EMU2 research scholarship, during which she wrote two studies: one on the 2006 Lebanon war and the second on Palestinian and Israeli textbooks on the 1948 war. She has also been Visiting Fellow at the Van Leer Institute of Jerusalem in 2009 and 2010. Since 2008, she is a PhD candidate in Social History of the Mediterranean at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice (to be finalised in February 2012), working on a thesis on the absorption of Mizrahi Jews in the 1950s and 1960s, and is teaching assistant to the Chair of History of Europe and the Mediterranean at the University of Roma Tre. She contributes regularly to Aspenia and Medarabnews.
Dr Jacob Eriksson holds a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London; his thesis was entitled 'Swedish mediation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: a study of the utility of small-state mediation and Track II diplomacy'. He received his BA in War Studies and History and his MA in International Peace and Security from the War Studies Department at King's College London. His research interests include the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the wider Arab-Israeli conflict, conflict resolution, Middle Eastern politics and security, and Islamic terrorism.
Professor Galia Golan held the Jay and Leoni Darwin Chair in Soviet and East Europe Studies in the Political Science Department of the Hebrew University and was chair of the Mayrock Center for Eurasian and East European Research at the Hebrew University. She is author of nine books, including Yom Kippur and After: the Soviet Union and the Middle East Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 1977); The Soviet Union and the PLO (Praeger, 1976); The Soviet Union and National Liberation Movements in the Third World (Allen & Unwin, 1988); Soviet Policies in the Middle East from World War II to Gorbachev (Cambridge University Press, 1990); Moscow and the Middle East (Chatham House, 1992); Gorbachev's 'New Thinking' on Terrorism (Praeger, 1990).
Professor Clive Jones is Professor of Middle East Studies and International Politics in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Leeds, UK. His published works include Soviet Jewish Aliyah 1989-92 (Routledge, 1996) (with Emma Murphy); Israel: Challenges to Identity, Democracy and the State (Routledge, 2002); Britain and the Yemen Civil War 1962-1965 (Sussex Academic Press, 2004/2010) (with Ami Pedahzur co-editor); Between Terrorism and Civil War: The al-Aqsa Intifada (Routledge, 2005) (with Sergio Catignani co-editor); Israel and Hizbollah: An Asymmetric Conflict in Historical and Comparative Perspective (Routledge, 2009). He has published widely on Middle East politics, intelligence and security issues, and in March 2010 his book Britain and the Yemen Civil War was the subject of the BBC Radio 4 history programme Document, examining British clandestine involvement in the Yemen civil war.
Professor Yoram Meital is chairman of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy, and a member of the Department of Middle East Studies, both at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at the Islamic Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School (2011-12). His primary research interests include politics, culture and nationalism in the Middle East, with special emphasis on Egypt and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Professor Rory Miller is Director of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London. His research and teaching deal primarily with EU and US intervention in the Middle East and the role of small states in the global economy. He is author or editor of eight books, most recently Britain, Palestine and Empire: The Mandate Years (Ashgate, 2010) and Inglorious Disarray: Europe, Israel and the Palestinians since 1967 (Columbia University Press, 2011). He has also contributed articles to, among other publications, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal and The National (Abu Dhabi).
Professor David S. Painter teaches international history at Georgetown University. His publications include Oil and the American Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1986), The Cold War: An International History (Routledge, 1999), and Origins of the Cold War: An International History (Routledge, 2005) (co-editor), and articles on US policy towards the Third World, US oil policies, and the Cold War. His current project is a study of oil and world power in the twentieth century.
Dr Asaf Siniver is Senior Lecturer in International Security in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. His research interests include conflict resolution, international mediation and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and his work has appeared in various academic journals, including Review of International Studies, Political Studies, Diplomacy and Statecraft, International Politics and Ethnopolitics. He is author of Nixon, Kissinger and US Foreign Policy: The Machinery of Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2008, 2011), and editor of International Terrorism post 9/11: Comparative Dynamics and Responses (Routledge, 2010, 2012). He is a Leverhulme Research Fellow (2011-13) and an Associate Editor of the journal Civil Wars.
Professor Kenneth W. Stein is Professor of Political Science, Middle Eastern History and Israeli Studies at Emory University. He is author of numerous publications, articles, papers and reviews, including Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace (Routledge, 1999); Making Peace Among Arabs and Israelis: Lessons from Fifty Years of Negotiating Experience (US Institute of Peace, 1991); The Land Question in Palestine, 1917-1939 (University of North Carolina Press, 1987); and History, Politics and Diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, A Documentary Source Compilation on CD, 380 documents, 1,500 pages (Center for Israel Education, 2011). His most recent publication is 'US-Israeli Relations 1947-2010: The View from Washington' in Alfred Wittstock (ed.), The World facing Israel - Israel facing the World: Images and Politics (Berlin: Frank and Timme, 2011), 159-76.
Professor Eyal Zisser is Dean of the faculty of Humanities at Tel Aviv University. He was Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies 2007-10, and head of the department of Middle Eastern and African History 2004-8. He has written extensively on the history and modern politics of Syria and Lebanon and the Arab-Israeli conflict, including Assad's Syria at a Crossroads (Tel Aviv, 1999); Asad's Legacy - Syria in Transition (Hurst & Co., 2000); Lebanon: the Challenge of Independence (I. B. Tauris, 2000); Faces of Syria (Tel Aviv, 2003); Commanding Syria, Bashsar al-Asad's First years in Power (I. B. Tauris, 2006); The Bleeding Cedar (Tel Aviv, 2009).