Alon Ben-Meir




Political risk and security
elections, alliances, and institutions
Middle East
Arab-Israeli conflict
Arab spring
Syrian civil war


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 TimesTimes 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. 


  • Ph.D. International Relations
    Oxford University
  • M.A. Philosophy
    Oxford University
  • B.A. Journalism
    Tel Aviv University


  • World Policy Institute
  • New York University
  • New School University


CBS Up to the Minute. 15 November 2012. Discussing conflict between Hamas and Israel.

Regional News Network. 14 September 2012. Discussing the relationship between Israel and the U.S.

Al-Hurra. 24 August 2012. Discussing the withdrawal of UN observers from Syria.

Russia Today. 7 August 2012. Discussing attacks in the Egyptian Sinai.

Russia Today. 3 June 2011. Discussing developments in Syria.

ABC Eyewitness News. 10 February 2011. Discussing Mubarak’s resignation.

Press TV Global News. 2 February 2011. Discussing the wave of protests sweeping the Middle East.

Kanal A TV (Turkey). 29 January 2010. Discussing Turkey’s role as a Middle East peace broker.

PBS: World Focus. 10 February 2009. Discussing implications and developments in the Israeli elections.

PBS: World Focus. 7 November 2008. Discussing Israel’s opposition to U.S. efforts to engage Iran.

The Daily Show. 2 January 2007. Discussing Lebanon and ongoing conflicts in the Middle East.

CNN: Lou Dobbs Tonight. 10 August 2006. Discussing Middle East security issues.

Complete archive of hundreds of published articles can be found at

“A Dangerous Misperception and Cultural Divide.” Middle East Institute New Delhi. 25 September 2012.

“Saving Yemen From Itself.” The Epoch Times. 13 September 2012.

“Iran’s Intervention in Syria Must Be Stopped.” Turkish NY. 9 August 2012.

“The Syrian Crisis: Pitting Russia Against The U.S.” The Moscow Times. 7 August 2012.

“Sustainable Economic Development: Central To The Durability Of Political Reforms In Arab States.” Anatolia Daily. 25 July 2012.

“Premature Elections Invite Political Instability.” Epoch Times. 13 July 2012.

“Preventing Sunni-Shiite Schism from Hijacking the Arab Spring.” Anatolia Daily. 29 May 2012.

“Turkey and Israel: Now is the time to reconcile.” Hurriyet Daily News. 28 May 2012.

“Israel and the Muslim Brotherhood: Facing the bittersweet reality.” Daily News Egypt. 20 March 2012.


Ben-Meir, Alon. Lost Perspectives. 2009.

Ben-Meir, Alon. The Last Option. 2004.

Ben-Meir, Alon. A War We Must Win. 2004.

Ben-Meir, Alon. A Framework for Arab-Israeli Peace. 1993.

Ben-Meir, Alon. In Defiance of Time. 1980.

Ben-Meir, Alon. Israel – the Challenge of the Fourth Decade. 1978.

Ben-Meir, Alon. The Middle East: Imperatives and Choices. 1975.