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Education

1982-1985 Tel Aviv University Middle Eastern History and BA 1985 Arabic Language and Literature       (Summa cum laude)

1985-1988 Tel Aviv University Middle Eastern History MA 1988 (Magna cum laude)

Master’s Thesis: “The Arab-Israeli Struggle Over the Jordan Waters and the Inter-Arab System.”
Supervisor: Prof. Itamar Rabinovich

1989-1992 Tel Aviv University Middle Eastern History PHD 1992

Doctoral Dissertation: “The Challenge of Independence: Lebanon under Bishara al-Khuri, 1943-1952."

Supervisor: Prof. Itamar Rabinovich

Professional Experience

1992-1998 Tel Aviv University The Moshe Dayan Center for Research Fellow Middle Eastern and African Studies

1993-1998 Tel Aviv University Middle Eastern and African History lecturer

1995-1996 Cornell University Near Eastern Studies Visiting Assistant Professor

1996             The Washington Institute for Near East Policy Visiting Research Fellow

1998-1999 Tel Aviv University Middle Eastern and African History Senior Lecturer

1998-1999  Tel Aviv University The Moshe Dayan Center for Senior  Research Middle Eastern and African Studies Fellow

2002-2005 Tel Aviv University Middle Eastern and African History Associate Professor        

2005-   Tel Aviv University    Middle Eastern and African History   Full Professor

2004-08 - Chair, Department of Middle Eastern and African History , Tell Aviv University 

2007- 2010- Director, the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv University

2011-  Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University

Publications

Books

1. Syria under Asad - At a Crossroads (Tel Aviv: HaKibutz Hameuhad, 1999) (in Hebrew).

2. Lebanon - The Challenge of Independence (London: I. B. Tauris, March 2000).

3. Asad’s Legacy, Syria in Transition (New York: New York University Press, 2000)

4. Faces of Syria: Regime, Society and State (Tel Aviv: HaKibutz Hameuhad, 2003) (in Hebrew).

5. In the Name of the Father, Bashar al-Asad's First Years in Power (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv: University Press, 2004 ) (in Hebrew)

6. In the Name of the Father, Bashar al-Asad's First Years in Power (Cairo: Madbuli Publishing House, 2005) (in Arabic).

7. Commanding Syria, Bashar al-Asad's in Power (London: I. B. Tauris Academic Press, 2006).

8. Lebanon: the Bleeding Cedar, from the Civil War to the Second Lebanon War (Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad, 2009) (in Hebrew).  


Articles

1. “Syria and the Gulf War: Stepping on a New Path.” Orient, 4/93 (December 1993), pp. 563-579.

2. “The Downfall of the al-Khuri Administration: A Dubious Revolution.” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3 (July 1994), pp. 486-511.

3. “Asad of Syria: The Leader and the Image.” Orient, 2/94 (June 1994), pp. 247-260.

4. “Syria: The Renewed Struggle Over the Succession.” The World Today, Vol. 50, No. 7 (July 1994), pp. 136-139.

5. “Asad Inches toward Peace.” Middle East Quarterly, Vol. I, No. 3 (September 1994), pp. 37-44

6. “Syria and Israel - on the Road to Peace.” Avrasya Dosyasi  (Strategic and Political Questions).  Vol. I, No. 3 (Winter 1994), pp. 109-122.

7.  “Toward the Post-Asad Era in Syria.” JIME Review (The Japanese Institute of Middle Eastern Economies Review), No. 28 (Spring 1995), pp. 5-16.

8. “The Succession Struggle in Damascus.” Middle East Quarterly, Vol. II, No. 3 (September 1995), pp. 57-64.

9.  “Syria and Israel: From War to Peace.” Orient 3/95 (September 1995), pp. 487-498.

10. “The Maronites, Lebanon and the State of Israel: Early Contacts.” Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 31, No. 4 (October 1995), pp. 889-918.

11. “Shattering of Illusions: Initial Contacts Between the Zionist Movement and the Maronite Community in Lebanon.” (Hebrew)    Iyunim Bitkumat Israel , Vol. VI (1996),  pp. 47-84.

12. “The Hizballah at a Crossroads.” Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Summer 1996), pp. 90-110. The article was also published in Bruce Maddy-Weitzman and Efraim Inbar (eds.) Religious Radicalism in the Greater Middle East (London: Frank Cass, 1997), pp. 90-110.

13. “Syrian Foreign Policy: The Reverse side of the Same Coin.” JIME Review  (The Japanese Institute of Middle Eastern Economics Review), Vol. 10, No. 36 (Spring 1997), pp. 73-92.  

14. "Towrads a Domestic "New Deal” in Syria?” Hamizrah Hehadash, Vol. XXXVIII (1996) (Hebrew), pp. 116-134.

15. Decision Making in Asad’s Syria, (Washington: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 1998) Policy Focus No. 35.  

16. “Hafiz al-Asad Discovers Islam,” Middle East Quarterly, Vol. VI, No. 1 (March 1999), pp. 49-56.

17.  “Syria - at a Crossroads.”  Data and Analysis. (Tel Aviv, The Moshe Dayan Center, 1999)

18.  “Heir Apparent,” New Republic, 9 November 1999.

19.  “Syria – the Generational Question and the Struggle over the Succession,” Ma`arachot, no. 369 (February 2000), pp. 46-52.

20. “Clues to the Syrian Puzzle.” The Washington Quarterly, Vol. 23, No. 2 (Spring 2000), pp. 79-90.
(Also appeared in Alexander T. J. Lennon (ed.) The Epicenter of Crisis (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008), pp. 61-80.

21. “Waging Peace in the Middle East.” Perceptions, Vol. V, No. 1 (March – May 2000), pp. 66-81.,

22. “Hizballah: New Course or Continued Warfare,” MERIA (Middle East Review of International Affairs), Vol. 4, No. 3 (September 2000), pp. 1-15.

23.    “Will Bashshar al-Asad Last? Middle East Quarterly, Vol. VII, No. 3 (September 2000), pp. 3-12.

24.    “The Islamic Movement in Syria and the Ba`th Regime: Stepping onto a New Path.”  Hamizrah Hehadash, vol. 42 (2001), pp. 67-86.

25.      “”The Syrian Army – between the Domestic and the External Fronts,” MERIA (Middle East Review of International Affairs), Vol. 5, No. 1 (March 2001), pp. 1-17.

26.     “Who’s Afraid of Israel? ”Middle East Quarterly, Vol. VIII, No. 2 (Spring 2001), pp. 3-10.

27.     “The Israel-Syria Negotiations – What Went Wrong? Orient, Vol. 42, No. 2 (June 2001), pp. 225-251.

28.     “June 1967: Israel’s Capture of  the Golan Heights,” Israel Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 2002), pp. 168-194.

29.     “The Return of Hizballah,” Middle East Quarterly, Vol. IX, No. 4 (Fall 2002), pp. 3-12.

30.    “Who Rules Syria?,” Middle East Quarterly, Vol. X, No. 1 (Winter 2003), pp. 11-17.

31.    “Syria and the United States: bad Habits Die Hard,” Middle East Quarterly, vol. X, No. 3 (Summer 2003), pp. 29-38.

32.    “A False Spring in Damascus,: Orient, vol. 44 (1/03), pp. 39-63.

33.    “Syria and the War in Iraq,” MERIA (Middle East Review of International Affairs), Vol. 7, No. 2 (June 2003), pp. 1-12.

34.     "Bashar al-Asad and his Regime – Between Continuity and Change," Orient, Vol. 45, No. 2 (March 2004), pp. 239-256

35.     "Syria: the Ba`th Regime and the Islamic Movement – Stepping on a New Path?," the Muslim World, Vol. 95, No. 1 (January 2005), pp. 67-80.

36.     "Bashar al-Assad: In or Out of the New World Order," the Washington Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Summer 2005), pp. 116-131.

37.     "Who's Afraid of Syrian Nationalism?, National and State Identity in  Syria," Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 42, No. 2 (March 2006), pp. 179-199.

38.     "Syria and the Question of Weapons of Mass Destruction," MERIA Journal (Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal), Vol. 8, No. 3 (September 2004), pp. 3-11.

39.     "Syria, the US and Iraq – Two Years after the Downfall of Saddam Husayn," MERIA Journal (Middle East Review of International Affairs Journal), Vol. 9, No. 3 (September 2005), pp. 3-12.

40.     Syria: the Ba`th Regime and the Islamic Movement – Stepping on a New Path?," the Muslim World, Vol. 95, No. 1 (January 2005), pp. 67-80.

41.     "Bashar al-Assad: In or Out of the New World Order," the Washington Quarterly, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Summer 2005), pp. 116-131.

42.      "Hizballah and Israel: Strategic Threat on the Northern Border" Israel Affairs, Vol. 12, No. 1, January 2006, pp. 86-106

43.    "Political Trends in the Middle East: Implications for Israel," Israel Affairs, Vol. 12, No, 4 (October 2006), pp. 684-697

44.    "Bashar al-Asad's Gamble," in Middle East Quarterly, Vol. XIII, No. 4 (Fall 2006), pp. 61-67.

45.    "The Syrian Phoenix – The Revival of the Syrian Social National Party in Syria." Die Welt Des Islam, Vol. 47, No. 2 (2007), pp. 188-206.

46.    "Where Is Bashar al-Assad Heading," Middle East Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 1 (winter 2008), pp. 35-41.

47.    "Lebanon – The Cedar Revolution – Between Continuity and Change," Orient, Vol. 47/ No. 4 (2006), pp. 460-483.

48.    An Israeli Watershed: Strike on Syria, Middle East Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Summer 2008), pp. 57-62


49.    "Nasrallah's Defeat in the 2006 War" Middle East Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Winter 2009), pp. 27-37

51. "It's a Long road to Peace with Syria," Strategic Assessment, Vol. 11, No. 2 (November 2008), pp. 107-123.

52.  "Syria’s Diplomatic Comeback: What Next?," Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 14, No. 1 (March 2009), pp. 107–113.

53. "The Mouse and the Lion: Syria – Between Passive and Active Resistance to Israel," Strategic Assessment, Vol. 12, No. 1 (June 2009), pp. 77-88.

54. "The Israeli-Syrian-Lebanese Triangle – The Renewed Struggle over Lebanon," Israel Affairs, Vol. 15, No. 4 (October 2009), pp. 397-413.

55. "Israelis Confront the Second Lebanon War," Bustan, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2010) 29-43.

56. Iranian Involvement in Lebanon," Military and Strategic Affairs, Volume 3, No. 1, May 2011, pp-3-11.

57. "The Renewal of the “Struggle for Syria”: The Rise and Fall of the Ba’th Party," Sharqiyya fall 2011, pp. 21-29

58. "The ‘Struggle for Syria’: Return to the Past?," Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 17, No.1 (2012), pp. 105-110

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