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, www.alonben-meir.com

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