On Wednesday, July 10, 2013 The Jerusalem Press Club hosted a panel with Prof. Elie Podeh, associate professor in the Department of Islam and Middle Eastern Studies Hebrew University of Jerusalem, discussing Egypt’s Bumpy Path to Democracy.
Prof. Elie Podeh – Associate Professor, Department of Islam and Middle Eastern Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Completed his Ph.D. at Tel-Aviv University in Middle East studies (1991) and post-Doctorate at Cornell University in the USA (1992-93). Main fields of interests: inter-Arab relations, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and education and culture in the Middle East. Served as the Chair of the Department of Islam and Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during the years 2004-2009. Served also as the editor of The New East (Hamizrah Hehadash) – the Hebrew journal of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Association of Israel (MEISAI) – during the years 2000-2008. Senior research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the advancement of Peace. Published and edited several books, such as The Quest for Hegemony in the Arab World: The Struggle Over the Baghdad Pact (1995); The Decline of Arab Unity: The Rise and Fall of the United Arab Republic (1999); The Arab-Israeli Conflict in Israeli History Textbooks, 1948-2000 (2002; Arabic version, 2006); Rethinking Nasserism: Revolution and Historical Memory in Modern Egypt (edited with Onn Winckler, 2004); Arab-Jewish Relations: From Conflict to Resolution? Essays in Honor of Professor Moshe Ma’oz (edited with Asher Kaufman, 2006); Britain and the Middle East: From Imperial Power to Junior Partner (edited with Zach Levey, 2007); Celebrating Nation and State: National Holidays in the Arab World (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). Frequent commentator in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz and various TV programs. Current research deals with missed opportunities in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Expert on Egypt and the Arab World.