Mr. Shlomo Avineri

Former  Visiting Scholar

This person is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Shlomo Avineri, professor of political science and director of the Institute for European Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, rejoined the Carnegie Endowment as a visiting scholar in October 2001. A prominent political scientist who has published widely on comparative politics, he will research and write on the Middle East conflict and provide policy recommendations on a Middle East peace.

He was previously a visiting scholar at the Endowment from September to December 2000, during which time he focused on the new strategic relationship between Russia and the Middle East in the post-Cold War era.

Avineri served as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the first administration of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin from 1975 to 1977. He also headed the Israeli delegation to the UNESCO General Assembly, and in 1979 was a member of the joint Egyptian-Israeli commission that drafted the Cultural and Scientific Agreement between the two countries. From 1990 to 1992 he was a member of an international team of observers, under the auspices of the National Democratic Institute for the first post-communist elections in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, and Croatia. He has also been involved in studies on processes of democratization and the emergence of nationalism in post-communist societies.

Previously, Avineri served as a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow.

Education: B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science and history, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Ph.D. in political science, London School of Economics

Selected Publications: The Social and Political Thought of Karl Marx; Hegel’s Theory of the Modern State; Israel and the Palestinians; and The Making of Modern Zionism: The Intellectual Origins of the Jewish State.

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