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Alon Ben-Meir

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir is an expert on Middle East politics and affairs, specializing in peace negotiations and conflict resolution. For the past twenty five years, Dr. Ben-Meir has operated as a liaison between top Arab and Israeli officials and has been directly involved in various high-level negotiations in the Middle East. Dr. Ben-Meir serves as Senior Fellow at New York University's Center for Global Affairs where he teaches courses on Middle Eastern studies and international negotiations. He is also a Senior Fellow and the Middle East Project Director at the World Policy Institute. Every semester, Dr. Ben-Meir hosts The Global Leaders Program at NYU, in which he interviews and moderates conversations with top foreign officials, including heads of state and ambassadors in front of academics and the public. Dr. Ben-Meir’s weekly columns and news commentaries have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as many academic journals. He regularly writes for he Jerusalem Post, Today’s Zaman, and the Daily Star and frequently gives interviews and news briefings on ABC, al-Jazeera, and RTV Russia.

Fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir holds a masters degree in philosophy and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. He has authored seven books related to Middle East policy, including Lost Perspectives and A War We Must Win.


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