Itamar Rabinovich, the president of the Israel Institute (Washington and Jerusalem), is Israel's former Ambassador to the United States and former Chief Negotiator with Syria in the mid 1990's and the former president of Tel-Aviv University (1999-2007). Currently he is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern History of Tel Aviv University, Distinguished Global Professor at NYU and a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Prof. Rabinovich has been a member of Tel Aviv University's faculty since 1971 and served as Ettinger Professor of the Contemporary History of the Middle-East, Chairman of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Director of the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Dean of Humanities and Rector.

Ambassador Rabinovich honored with Scholar-Statesman Award

Institute Honors Ambassadors Oren and Rabinovich
with Scholar-Statesman Award

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News Number Five

The Brookings Institution published a memo written by Itamar Rabinovich: "Assessing the Obstacles and Opportunities in a Future Israeli-Syrian-American Peace Negotiation".

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New biography tries to answer the ‘What if?’ hovering over Yitzhak Rabin’s legacy

By Rabbi Jack Riemer/

December 5, 2016

Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin embodied the qualities of his generation: toughness, gruffness and idealism.

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Two Sons of the Levant: Fouad Ajami (1945–2014) and Patrick Seale (1930–2014)

Source: Bustan: The Middle East Book Review, 5 (2014), pp. 207-209

During the last few months, the world of Middle Eastern Studies lost two prominent experts on the region. It is difficult to imagine two individuals more different from one another than Fouad Ajami and Patrick Seale, but they had also much in common. Both were born in Lebanon and their intimate knowledge of the region and their attachment to its peoples derived from that original bond, whose impact remained powerful as their careers took off in the U.S. and Europe.

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The Lingering Conflict

In The Lingering Conflict, Itamar Rabinovich, a former chief negotiator for Israel, provides unique and authoritative insight into the prospects for genuine peace in the Middle East. His presentation includes a detailed insider account of the peace processes of 1992–96 and a frank dissection of the more dispiriting record since then.