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Alon Ben-Meir
A noted journalist and author, Dr. Alon Ben-Meir is professor of international relations and Middle East studies at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. Ben-Meir holds a masters degree in philosophy and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.

His exceptional knowledge and insight, the result of more than 20 years of direct involvement in foreign affairs, with a focus on the Middle East, has allowed Dr. Ben-Meir to offer a uniquely invaluable perspective on the nature of world terrorism, conflict resolution and international negotiations.

Fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, Ben-Meir's frequent travels to the Middle East and meetings with highly placed officials and academics in many Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Turkey provide him with an exceptionally nuanced level of awareness and insight into the developments surrounding breaking news. Ben-Meir often articulates policy positions and discusses them with top officials in the respective country.

Ben-Meir's views on current international affairs are sought out by major television and radio networks. He is a frequent speaker before groups and organizations at venues as varied as world affairs councils, town hall meetings and a variety of universities.

In addition to his essays on global conflict-oriented issues, Dr. Ben-Meir writes a weekly article about current international policies and events. Ben-Meir is the author of numerous books, including: The Middle East: Imperative and Choices; Israel: The Challenge of the Fourth Decade; In Defiance of Time; Framework for Arab-Israeli Peace; The Last Option and A War We Must Win. He expects to publish his latest books in the winter of 2008; Lost Perspectives that tackles the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a book that addresses the debacle of the Iraq war and its consequences entitled ‘Iraq Divided'.

To learn more, please visit his website,

Entries by Alon Ben-Meir

Bernie Sanders And The French Initiative

(12) Comments | Posted June 8, 2016 | 12:30 PM

Following the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, the next administration must adopt a new and realistically balanced policy toward Israel and the Palestinians to bring an end to their conflict in the context of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace based on the Arab Peace Initiative. Throughout the primary campaign, only Senator Bernie...

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Deradicalization in Refugee Camps and Beyond

(1) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 10:55 AM

The influx of millions of Syrian refugees to Europe is more than likely to become another source of radicalization that could increase the number of violent extremists among the refugees and lead to further acts of terror in their host countries. Depending on how long the refugees stay in camps...

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How Turkey Became a De Facto Dictatorship

(12) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 11:50 AM


Cartoon by Sam Ben-Meir

The forced resignation of Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu suggests only one thing--President Erdogan, who is totally absorbed by his lust for power, will tolerate no one in his government to deviate...

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Breaking the Deadlock

(16) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 11:56 AM

Coauthored by Gilles Pargneaux, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-president of the delegation with Mashrek Countries

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has rarely been so far from finding a resolution. Since the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hamas during the summer of 2014, the desire to seek peace has been...

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Conflit israélo-palestinien: Sortons de l'impasse

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 10:19 AM

Rarement le conflit israélo-palestinien n'a paru aussi loin d'une résolution. Après la fin des hostilités entre Israël et le Hamas de l'été 2014, ce n'est pas le calme qui s'est installé mais plutôt un climat de tension, où l'actualité est rythmée par les coups de couteaux aveugles, les voitures béliers...

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The Global Crisis Of Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 12:29 PM

A question often raised is: are leaders a reflection of their time, or are they individuals who rise to answer the call of the hour? History has shown that many have risen to the occasion out of strong moral conviction. The events and the circumstances at the time were such...

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Saudi Arabia -- A Kingdom In Retreat

(24) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 10:54 AM

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which was once at the front and center of the Arab world and a significant player on the global stage due to its oil riches, has been steadily losing its regional influence and prominent role. In recent years, Saudi Arabia has been confronted with multiple...

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The Palestinian Leadership... To Where?

(73) Comments | Posted April 7, 2016 | 10:31 AM

An open letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas Political Chief Khaled Meshal, and Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh

The Palestinian Leadership

Cartoon by Sam Ben-Meir

Dear President Abbas, Mr. Meshal, and Prime Minister Haniyeh,

I am writing this...

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Why The Brussels Attack Was All But Inevitable

(8) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 11:36 AM

The horrific attacks in Brussels by terrorists affiliated with ISIS that claimed the lives of 35 people and injured more than 200 was all but inevitable. These attacks may well increase in frequency and intensity in many European cities where citizens travel freely and violent extremists among them can plot...

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How Syria Was Swept By The Merchants of Death

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 2:13 PM

In the wake of the unimaginable horror of World War II the international community committed itself to never allow such atrocities to take place again with impunity. But as was the case with the many tragic genocides that happened since then, including Bosnia and Rwanda, witnessing in real time the...

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The Unraveling of Turkey's Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 1:48 PM

Only a few months after Turkey's President Erdogan raided the offices of the Koza Ipek Media Group, the Turkish police assaulted early this month the offices of Feza Publications, which owns two newspapers (including Zaman) and two TV stations, without any warning. There is little else more injurious to any...

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A Plea For Reason: An Open Letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu

(78) Comments | Posted February 23, 2016 | 11:39 AM

Dear Prime Minister Netanyahu,

I write this letter to you with a heavy heart as it pains me deeply to see the beautiful dream of a strong and proud Israel, the country that was expected to embrace what is virtuous, moral, and just, now losing its reason for being--as a...

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An Iraqi Sunni State Is Prerequisite To Defeating ISIS

(54) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 11:52 AM

One of the main prerequisites to defeating ISIS in Iraq and stabilizing the country is the establishment of an independent Sunni Iraqi state alongside the current Shiite government and the autonomous Kurdish entity. As long as the Sunni Iraqis do not know what the future has in store for them,...

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Erecting a Giant Prison for All Israelis

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 11:53 AM

A courtesy of Prime Minister Netanyahu

The demagoguery of Prime Minster Netanyahu seems to have no limit -- demagoguery in a sense that he says and acts on anything to buttress Israel's hold on the West Bank in the name of national security. This time around, Netanyahu came up with...

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The Truth About Israel's National Security

(51) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:48 PM

Israel's historical experiences, coupled with decades of violent confrontations with Arab states and the Palestinians, have created a major psychological barrier embedded in the psyche of every Israeli, placing Israel's legitimate national security concerns at the center of its domestic and foreign policy. That said, no military might or even...

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The Dire Consequences of Revenge and Retribution

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 1:48 PM

A regular reader of my weekly column recently shared with me a commentary about the brutal murder of Dafna Meir, an Israeli Jew who was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager. Needless to say, there are no words to express the anger and revulsion over this atrocious crime--murdering...

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Lifting the Sanctions Will Not End Iran's Revolutionary Zeal

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 12:43 PM

The timely implementation of the Iran deal and Tehran's full compliance with its various provisions to date should not be viewed as just an accomplished goal, but as a continuing process that could take several years to determine its viability and the extent to which it impacts Iran's foreign and...

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Lifting The Sanctions Will Not End Iran's Revolutionary Zeal

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 12:21 PM

The timely implementation of the Iran deal and Tehran's full compliance with its various provisions to date should not be viewed as just an accomplished goal, but as a continuing process that could take several years to determine its viability and the extent to which it impacts Iran's foreign and...

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Civil Disobedience Is The Palestinians' Best Option

(9) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 3:04 PM


Image by Sam Ben-Meir

The use of violence to end the occupation has not served the Palestinian cause well, instead making matters worse as it hardened the resolve of successive Israeli governments to deal with violent extremism...

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Saudi Arabia's Act of Strategic Defiance

(8) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 12:37 PM

The Saudi decision to execute Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr at this particular juncture was a strategic act of defiance meant to challenge Iran and the United States in particular. The Saudis wanted to send a blatant and carefully calculated message that the Kingdom is capable of standing on its...

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