Alon Ben-Meir

Senior Fellow, Middle Eastern Studies Project Director

Expertise: Middle East

Dr. Alon Ben Meir is a professor and senior fellow at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. Dr. Ben-Meir is an expert on Middle East politics and affairs, specializing in international negotiations and conflict resolution. In the past two decades, Ben-Meir has been directly involved in various negotiations between Israel and its neighboring countries and Turkey.

Ben-Meir hosts “Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir,” a speaking series of debates and conversations with top policy-makers from around the world held each semester at NYU. He also regularly briefs at the U.S. State Department for the International Visitors Program. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and the Jerusalem Post, and his articles appear in scores of newspapers, magazines and websites including Middle East Times, Times of Israel, Epoch Times, the Political Quarterly, the Harvard Review, and many other publications in Arabic and English.

He has been featured on networks such as ABC, Al Jazeera (English and Arabic), Al Arabiya, al Hurrah, CNN, Russia Today and NBC. He has authored seven books related to Middle East and is currently working on a new book about the psychological dimension of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Ben-Meir holds a master’s degree in philosophy and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University. 


PhD in International Relations, Oxford University

Master's in Philosophy, Oxford University

Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Tel Aviv University

Arabic (fluent)
Hebrew (fluent)

Twitter: @AlonBenMeir


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Select essays can be found here –
Select essays can be found here –
ALON BEN-MEIR. “Wake Up, Israel,”, May 28, 2009.
ALON BEN-MEIR. “Obama’s Two-State Challenge,” The Huffington Post, May 14, 2009.
ALON BEN-MEIR discussed the US-Israel Lobby on Hearts and Minds, May 12, 2009.
"Handling Hamas with Care,” Gulf News, February 1, 2009.
"Ahmadinejad's Foray to Turkey" August 13, 2008.
Olmert’s Dignified Exit” August 4, 2008. It appeared in Middle East Times on August 5.
Türkiye'nin elinde Ortadoğu için altın bir fırsat varZaman, (Turkey), July 26, 2008.
The Future of Jerusalem,” The Globalist, July 17, 2008.
Mediating the Nuclear Impasse,” Turkish Weekly, July 17, 2008.
Should Israel Accept the Arab Peace Initiative,” The Globalist, July 16, 2008.
Israel and the Arab Peace Initiative,” The Globalist, July 15, 2008.
Israeli-Syrian Negotiations: The Need for a Bold Move,” Middle East Times, July 15, 2008 .
"Advice for AssadThe Jerusalem Post, July 13, 2008.
Israeli-Syrian Negotiations: The Need For A Bold Move,” The Journal of Turkish Weekly Opinion, July 11, 2008.
Israel's peace offensive: Will it work?,” Turkish Daily News, June 28, 2008.
Professor Dr. Alon Ben Meir’s Visit to ISRO,” Turkish Weekly, June 27, 2008.
Turkey has golden opportunity to build Mideast peace,” Zaman (Turkey), June 27, 2008.
Israel’s Peace Offensive Turkish Daily News, June 24, 2008.
"Toward Israeli-Syrian Peace," Turkish Weekly Opinion, May 28, 2008.
Anniversary Should be Turning Point,” Arab American News, May 9, 2008.
Sixty and Beyond,” Israel Policy Forum, May 6, 2008.
Caught in a Vicious Cycle of Violence,” Middle East Online, March 21, 2008.
"Peace Initiative is in Trouble," Jewish Light, March 19, 2008.
"Ceasefire? Why?," Middle East Times, March 12, 2008.
"The Languishing Initiative," March 4, 2008. The Middle East Times also published the article.
"Diminishing Hamas," February 18, 2008.
"A Monumental Challenge to America," February 11, 2008.
"The Politics of Illusions," February 5, 2008.
"Defusing Tension with Iran While Promoting Regional Stability", The Journal of Turkish Weekly, February 1, 2008.
"Realpolitik: Save the Saudi Initiative," Middle East Times, November 14, 2007.
Information about past speaking engagements with world leaders can be found here.
Discussed the elections in Israel with David Savidge on WorldFocus, February 10, 2009.
Spoke at NYU Center for Global Affairs with European Union Ambassador John Bruton, April 16, 2008. Information here.
Hosted Bahranian Ambassador to the United States Al Belooshi in a conversation (Oct 2, 2007) for his continuing series “Global Leaders Series: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir.”

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