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Josef Olmert

Adjunct Professor
School of International Service

  • Dr. Josef Olmert's career spans three decades. A native of Israel, he was formerly a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv, Hebrew, and Bar-Ilan Universities in his home country. He has previously taught at Cornell University, City College of New York, and York University (Canada).

    In addition to his teaching work, Dr. Olmert served in senior positions in the Israeli government, such as the Director of Communications under Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Policy Advisor to Defense Minister Moshe Arens. Dr. Olmert served diplomatic missions across the world and was a participant at the Madrid Peace Conference in 1991 and subsequent Israeli/Syrian peace talks.
  • Degrees

    PhD, London School of Economics
  • Languages Spoken:

    Hebrew, English, Arabic, French, Russian
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Research Interests

Dr. Olmert's research interests include the modern histories of Syria and Lebanon, minorities in the Middle East, the Middle East peace process, terrorism, Iran's nuclear program (and the possible responsses), and Israeli politics.

Executive Experience

       
  • Israeli Government Spokesperson
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  • Policy Advisor to Defense Minister (Israel)
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  • Executive Director of the Council for Parliamentary Democracy (Israel)

Selected Publications

       
  • Modern Syria, 1997.
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  • Unraveling the Knot: Between Arab and Jew ,1989.
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  • Minorities in the Middle East, 1987.