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 Faculty Members





Uri Bialer holds the Maurice B. Hexter Chair in International Relations Middle East Studies. He had also taught at the University of Chicago and was a Visiting Research Fellow at St Antonys College Oxford, at the British Academy in London, and at Harvard University. After earning his Ph.D. in international relations at the London School of Economics and before joining academic life, he served as Senior Research Officer at the Israeli Foreign Ministry. His publications include The Shadow of the Bomber (The Royal Historical Society, 1980), Between East and West (Cambridge University Press, 1990);Oil and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Macmillan/St Antonys ,1999); and Cross on the Star of David: The Christian World in Israels Foreign Policy (Indiana University Press, 2005).

The positions he has held at the Hebrew University include Dean of Students, Chair (Department of International Relations), Chair of the Academic Committees of the Truman and the Silbert Institutes, and member of the Development Committee of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The recipient of the Michael Milken Prize for long-standing excellence in teaching at the Hebrew University, he has received research grants from The Ford Foundation Fund, The British Academy Fund, and The Israeli Academy of Science Fund. He is currently writing a book on Jewish Individuals and the Making of Israels Foreign Policy.



A graduate of Oxford University, Raymond Cohen is Chaim Weizmann Professor of International Relations and has been on the departments faculty since 1976.  He set up the Diplomatic Studies Section of the International Studies Association and has organized colloquia and conferences in Jerusalem, Oxford, Bellagio, and Florence. He has been a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia and Georgetown University, and a research fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Watson Institute, Brown University. He is on the international editorial boards of several journals. Professor Cohen's umbrella field of interest is diplomatic studies and he has researched questions dealing with international order, cross--cultural communication, diplomacy in ancient times, diplomatic negotiation, and the Christian holy places.

Besides numerous articles, his books include Amarna Diplomacy: The Beginnings of International Relations, ed. with Raymond Westbrook (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000); Negotiating Across Cultures: International Communication in an Interdependent World  (United States Institute for Peace Press, 1991, 1997); Culture and Conflict in Egyptian-Israeli Relations (Indiana University Press, 1990); Theatre of Power: The Art of Diplomatic Signalling (Longman, 1987); International Politics: The Rules of the Game (Longman, 1981); and Threat Perception in International Crisis (Wisconsin University Press, 1979).

He has two books due out soon: Saving the Holy Sepulchre: How Rivals Restored the Church of the Resurrection (Oxford University Press); and Isaiahs Vision of Peace in Biblical and Modern International Relations: Swords into Plowshares, ed. with Raymond Westbrook (Palgrave-Macmillan). 



Yaacov Vertzberger received his Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude from the Hebrew University in 1979 and joined the Department of International Relations, where he is currently a professor.  Prof. Vertzbergers areas of interest and research include the theory of international relations, international political economy, political psychology, and the foreign and security policies of South and Southeast Asian countries.  He has published extensively on these issues.  His articles appeared in major journals and his books were published by leading university and commercial presses.

Among his major publications are the following books and monographs: Risk Taking and Decisionmaking: Foreign Military Intervention Decisions (Stanford University Press, 1998); The World in their Minds: Information Processing, international professional associations.



A graduate of Tel Aviv University in Law and Political Science, Dr. Hirsh completed his Doctorate in Law at the Hebrew University in 1994, and has been lecturing both in the Department of International Relations and in the Faculty of Law since 1995. He has served as a visiting scholar at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Prof. Hirsch's area of expertise is International Law, particularly environmental issues, international trade law, and the law of the European Community. He has published works on international arbitration, international organizations, and the judicial status of Jerusalem. He has also written a series of articles dealing with environmental protection in the Middle East, trade relations between Israel and the European Union, and the negotiating process on the future of Jerusalem.

Besides numerous articles, his books include: The Arbitration Mechanism of the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishers, 1993); The Responsibility of International Organizations Toward Third Parties: Some Basic Principles  (Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishers, 1995); Whither Jerusalem? Proposals and Positions Concerning the Future of Jerusalem, with Deborah Housen Couriel and Ruth Lapidoth (Kluwer-Nijhoff Publishers, 1995); The Future Relations between Israel and the European Communities, with Eyal Inbar and Tal Sadeh (Bursi- Law Books Publishing, 1996); and The Impact of International Law on International Cooperation, edited with Eyal Benvenisti (Cambridge University Press, 2004).



Arie M. Kacowicz is an Associate Professor and the Chair of the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University (2005-2008).  He was born in Argentina in 1959, immigrated to Israel in 1979, and studied at the Hebrew University (BA 1982, MA 1987) and at Princeton University (Ph.D., 1992).  He has been a faculty member since 1993.  He has been a visiting professor at Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana), and the University of El Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He directed the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations in 2003-2004 and is the current editor of the journal Politika of that Institute for 2007-2009 (having served in 2000-2002).

He is the author of Peaceful Territorial Change (University of South Carolina Press, 1994); Zones of Peace in the Third World: South America and West Africa in Comparative Perspective (SUNY Press, 1998); and The Impact of Norms in International Society: The Latin American Experience  (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005); and co-editor of Stable Peace among Nations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000); and of Population Resettlement in International Conflicts: A Comparative Study  (Lexington Books,  2007).

His areas of interest include peace studies, international relations theory and international ethics, international relations of Latin America, conflicting narratives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and globalization and international relations.  He is currently involved in a research project on the links between globalization and poverty in the Latin American context. 



Alfred Tovias is currently the Walter Rathenau Professor in European Economics in the Department of International Relations. He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair in External Economic relations of the EU. This Chair is sponsored by the European Commission and is the only one of its kind in Israel. Prof. Tovias is also the Director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, having been named for this position from 2005 to 2008. He has also served as Deputy Director of the Institute for European Studies of the Hebrew University from 1996 to 1999 and as Chairman of the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration from 1995 to 1998.

He studied at the universities of Barcelona and Geneva, and received his Doctorate in Economics from the University of Geneva in 1974. He has been on the department's faculty since 1976, and in addition has served as a visiting researcher and professor at several prestigious European universities and research institutions (such as the London School of Economics, the CEPS and the OECD's Development Center). His main fields of interest include international trade, the European Union, and European Union relations with Israel and the Mediterranean countries.

His publications include: Librecambio Euromediterráneo with Jordi Bacaria (Icaria, 2000); Whither EU-Israeli Relations? Common and Divergent Interests with Ephraim Ahiram (Peter Lang, 1995); Foreign Economic Relations of the European Community (Lynne Rienner, 1990); The Economics of Peace Making, with Zeev Hirsch and Ruth Arad (Macmillan, 1983) (also published in Hebrew by the Ministry of Defense Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 1985); and Tariff Preferences in Mediterranean Diplomacy ( Macmillan, 1977).


A graduate of Tel Aviv University in Sociology and History, he completed both his MA and Ph.D. in International Relations at the Hebrew University. Dr. Sofer has served as head of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, and as chair of the Department of International Relations. He has been a visiting scholar at UCLA, Oxford, the University of British Columbia, and Stanford University.

His main fields of interest include international political thought, diplomacy, the sociology of international politics, and Israel's politics and foreign policy. His current research is centered on a study of John Locke's contribution to international relations, and on a historical, sociological and normative study of the professional diplomat's profile.

His publications include, among others: Begin: An Anatomy of Leadership  (Basil Blackwell, 1988); Diplomacy and International Relations (The Open University, 1996) (in Hebrew); Zionism and the Foundations of Israeli Diplomacy (Cambridge University Press, 1998); and Peacemaking in a Divided Society: Israel after Rabin (Frank Cass, 2001).



Avraham Sela is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations and a research fellow of the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. He earned his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1987), was a Visiting Fellow at the Near Eastern Studies Department of Princeton University (1987-1988) and Oxford University (2000-2001), and a Visiting Professor in the History Department of San Diego State University (1993-1994); the University of Waterloo, Ontario (1995); the Middle East Technical University, Ankara (1999); the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma (2000); and Colgate University (2005-2007).

Before joining the Hebrew University faculty in 1987 he served as a career officer in the research division of the IDF Intelligence Branch (1970-1986). In this capacity, he took part in the Israeli-Egyptian peace talks in the late 1970s as well as in the Israeli-Lebanese military talks in the mid-1980s. Among other academic appointments at the Hebrew University, Dr. Sela served as Chair of the Department of International Relations (2002-2005) and Director of the Graduate Program in Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies (1999-2005). Dr. Sela was the recipient of the Yigal Alon Fellowship of Israel's Council for Higher Education (1988) and of a three-year research grant from the Israeli Science Foundation (2001-2003). His main fields of research are inter-Arab politics and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and contemporary Palestinian society and politics.

His main publications include: Unity Within Conflict in the Inter-Arab System: The Arab Summit Conferences, 1964-1982 (Magnes Press, 1983) (Hebrew);  The Palestinian Ba'ath: The Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party in the West Bank under Jordan (1948-1967) (Magnes Press, 1984) (Hebrew);  Avraham Sela and Moshe Ma'oz (eds.), The PLO and Israel: From Armed Struggle to Political Settlement (St. Martin's Press, 1997); The Decline of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Middle East Politics and the Quest for Regional Order (SUNY Press, 1998); Shaul Mishal and Avraham Sela, The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Coexistence (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000), 2nd Edition (Columbia University Press, 2006), with a new preface (xiii-xxx); and The Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East (Continuum, 2002).


Eitan Barak graduated magna cum laude in Political Science and Law and completed his doctorate at Tel-Aviv University in 2000. Before joining the faculty in 2002 Dr. Barak was a Fulbright postdoctoral grantee for the academic year 2000-2001 in the International Security Program, Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute the following year.  His main fields of interest include arms control and disarmament, international security regimes, international law (the law of arms control and restrictions on weapons within the law of war), and Israel's foreign and defense policy.

 Among his recent publications: Caught in the Middle: The United Nations Emergency Force, Israel, and the 1960 Rotem Crisis'", Diplomacy and Statecraft, Vol. 17, No.2 (June 2006); "Israel, The CWC and the Universality Objective: The View from Jerusalem", The CBW Convention Bulletin 68 (June 2005); "Israel Joining the Non-Proliferation Treaty: Time for a Re-evaluation?", Disarmament Forum (4/2004-1/2006); On the Power of Tacit Understandings Israel, Egypt and Freedom of Passage through the Suez Canal, 1957- 1960, The Middle East Journal, Vol. 58(3) (Summer 2004); and "Where Do We Go From Here? The Chemical Weapons Convention in the Middle East in the post-Saddam Era," Security Studies, Vol. 13 (1) (Autumn 2003).



Oren Barak is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a research fellow of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. His research focuses on the relationship among the state, society, and the military outside the Western world, especially the Middle East, and ethnic and national relations.

He has published in History & Memory (2001) International Journal of Middle East Studies (2002, 2006), the Journal of Peace Research (2005), Middle East Journal (2006, 2007), and Israel Studies (2007) and contributed chapters to the volumes State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror (Brookings Institution Press, 2003) and ArabJewish Relations: From Conflict to Resolution? (Sussex Academic Press, 2005).  He is currently writing a book on the Lebanese Army and is working on several projects on civil-military relations in states under threat, the role of regional actors in intrastate conflicts, and civil-military relations in the Middle East.



Galia Press-Barnathan received her BA degree from the Departments of International Relations and East Asia Studies at the Hebrew University, and her Masters, Master of Philosophy and Doctorate degrees from the Political Science Department at Columbia University.  Her research interests include: general international relations theory, regional cooperation, links between economic and security cooperation, economic cooperation in transition to peace, alliance behavior under unipolarity, American foreign policy and its relevance to European security, and East Asian affairs.

Her publications include:  The Lure of Regional Security Arrangements: The United States and Regional Security Cooperation in Asia and Europe, Security Studies Vol.10 (2) 2000-2001, pp.49-97; Organizing the World The United States and Regional Cooperation in Asia and Europe (Routledge, 2003); The War in Iraq and International Order From Bull to Bush, International Studies Review Vol. 6(2), June 2004, pp. 195-212; The Changing Incentives for Security Regionalization- From 119 to 911, Cooperation and Conflict Vol.40 (3), September 2005, pp. 281-304;  Managing the Hegemon: Alliances under Unipolarity, Security Studies, April-June 2006; Economic Cooperation and Transition to Peace- The Neglected Dimension of Commercial Liberalism, Journal of Peace Research,Vol.43 (3), May 2006; and The Political Economy of Transitions to Peace (Pittsburgh University Press, forthcoming). 



Tomer Broude completed his studies in Law and International Relations (Magna Cum Laude) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1996. After articling in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and pursuing private legal practice at a leading Jerusalem law firm for five years he returned to academic activity in 2001 and completed graduate studies at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, earning his SJD in 2004. He was appointed Lecturer in the Faculty of Law and the Department of International Relations in July 2004. His expertise is in international trade law in general and World Trade Organization law in particular, within the frameworks of international public law and international relations theory. He has held an advisory affiliation with ILEAP (International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty), a non-governmental organization providing developing countries with professional advice in the context of international trade negotiations, and is a member of the International Law Association Committee on the International Law of Sustainable Development.

His publications include a book on judicial-political relations within the governing structure of the WTO, an edited book on the effects of international trade on international peace and security (to be published by the American Society of International Law), a comment critiquing the legitimacy of the Wall Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice, an article on the Trade-Culture debate as reflected by the issue of geographical indications for food and wine products, and an article analyzing the effectiveness of dispute settlement provisions in EC Regional Trade Agreements and their relation to WTO dispute settlement.



Guy Harpaz is a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations and the Faculty of Law.  He holds a LL.B. with EC Law (First Class Honours), University of Leeds, England and K.U. Leuven, Belgium, 1993; LL.M. in Commercial and EC Law (First Class Honours), Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, England; and a Ph.D., St. Johns College, University of Cambridge, 2003.

His research interests and fields of publication include European Union Law, EU-Israel relations, international law, international dispute settlements, international trade law, regional integration, law and globalization, and law and privatization.

His recent publications include The European Free Trade Association, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (Oxford University Press, 2007, forthcoming); Normative Power Europe and the Problem of a Legitimacy Deficit: An Israeli Perspective, European Foreign Affairs Review (forthcoming); and The Israeli Supreme Court in Search of Universal Legitimacy 65 (1) Cambridge Law Journal 7 (2006).

His academic awards include the Jean Monnet Module, European Community (2004-2007); Faculty of Social Sciences, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prize for excellence in teaching (2006); Research Grants, awarded by the Leonard Davis Institute for a group project (with five other researchers) on Treaty Making (2006); and for a research project: When East Meets West: Social and Other Aspects of The Approximation of Israeli Legislation with that of the European Union (2006).

Dr. Harpaz serves as a Panelist in the Israel-Mexico Dispute Settlement Body, Vice President of the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration, and Member of the Academic Committee, European Forum of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, International Relations Committee (Israel-EU) Israeli Bar.



Piki Ish-Shalom holds a Ph.D. in political science and international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While pursuing his Ph.D. he was a Visiting Scholar at the New School for Social Research in New York in the 2000-2001 academic year, and a Junior Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Human Studies in Vienna in the 2001 autumn semester. He held postdoctoral fellowships in the Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, Harvard University.

Dr. Ish-Shalom has articles published or forthcoming in International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, European Journal of International Relations, and Political Science Quarterly. He is interested in the nexus between theorizing the political and politicizing the theoretical, with reference to the ensuing moral responsibilities of theoreticians for the real-world ramifications of their theorizing.



Korina Kagan holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has been a faculty member since October 2001.  Her research interests include international security, international relations theory, great powers and small states.  She has published in leading journals of the discipline, including Security Studies and International Studies Quarterly.  She is currently completing a book manuscript on The Limited Hegemon: U.S. Preponderance in a Comparative Perspective. Dr. Kagan has been a Fellow for the Israeli Science Foundation and a Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2000-2001.  



Noam Kochavi received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1999. His recent publications include A Conflict Perpetuated: China Policy during the Kennedy Years (Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2002); "Limited Accommodation, Perpetuated Conflict: Kennedy, China, and the Laos Crisis," Diplomatic History 26: 1 (Winter 2002): 95-135; "Insights Abandoned, Flexibility Lost: Kissinger, Soviet Jewish Emigration, and the Demise of Détente," Diplomatic History 29:3 (June 2005) 503-530; "Opportunities Lost? Kennedy, China and Vietnam," in Priscilla Roberts, ed., China, Vietnam and the World Beyond Asia (Woodrow Wilson press and Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2006); and "Hidden-Hand Idealpolitik: Israel, Soviet Jewish Emigration, and the Nixon Administration, 1969-1974" (International History Review, forthcoming 2007); and Détente and its Legacy (Guest Editor, Cold War History Special Issue, forthcoming 2008).          He is currently completing a book on the cementing of American-Israeli relations during the Nixon years.  His fields of research range across geographical areas and time periods: American diplomatic history, U.S.-China, U.S.-Soviet and U.S.-Israeli relations, international history at large, Israeli foreign policy, and policy studies. He focuses on the bureaucratic, cognitive and especially ideological and emotional underpinnings of policymaking.



Oded Lowenheim completed his Ph.D. in the Department of International Relations under the supervision of Prof. Benny Miller (currently at Haifa U.). His dissertation dealt with the subject of transnational organized crime. Following the completion of his Ph.D. he spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Munk Centre for International Studies of the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Prof. Janice Stein. During this period he published two articles based on his dissertation.

Upon assuming the position of Lecturer in the DIR in July 2003, he completed his book Predators and Parasites: Persistent Agents of Transnational Harm and Great Power Authority (Michigan University Press, 2007). In addition, he prepared four article-length manuscripts: on revenge in IR, on ranking and rating in IR, on travel warnings, and on the war on terror. Generally, the topics that he engaged were related to the concept of authority in IR and to questions of prestige and honor. Currently, he is working on projects on political humor and satire, and the politics of virtual worlds on the Internet.



Dan Miodownik is a Lecturer in the Departments of Political Science and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Miodownik received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania (2005) in the fields of comparative politics and international relations. His research interests lie at the intersection of these two broadly defined areas. He has a substantial theoretical interest in studying the emergence, unfolding, and regulation of anti-regime mobilization, protest behavior, ethnic polarization, and regional contention.

As a methodologist Dr. Miodownik is primarily interested in developing and applying new and innovative approaches - such as computer simulations - to the comparative political analysis of these and other complex social phenomena.  He has regularly presented research reports at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association, Mid-West Political Science Association and International Studies Association. Several of his articles have been published by leading journal such as the American Political Science Review; Studies in Comparative International Development; Nationalism & Ethnic Politics; Social Science Computer Review; and Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulations.