Joel Peters, PhD, is a professor of Government and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, located in their Washington DC metro campus in Arlington, Virginia. His research interests and publications cover Israeli politics and foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, regional cooperation in the Middle East and Europe’s relations in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
He is the author/co-author of five books and the editor /co-editor of four books on Israeli foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His most recent publication is: Understanding Israel: Political, Societal and Security Challenges which he co-edited with Rob Geist Pinfold. This book was described by Clive Jones, Professor of the Regional Security of the Middle East, Durham University, UK as essential reading for not just students of Israel, but for anyone concerned about its future trajectory, and by Naomi Chazan, Professor Emerita of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel as the most updated primer on Israel available today.
He is currently completing a new book on Israeli foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and is editing the Routledge Handbook on Israeli Foreign Relations. He is also the co-editor of a book series on Europe and the World published by Lexington Books.
For the past thirty years Joel Peters has been an active participant in various informal, track II meetings between Israelis and Palestinians on issues ranging from Jerusalem, refugees, borders, economic development and regional security. He has lectured widely at universities throughout Europe and the United States on Israeli politics and the Arab-Israeli peace process, and is regularly consulted by the international media on current developments in Israel.
Joel Peters is also a Policy Fellow at Mitvim the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies. He has also served as a research fellow in the Middle East Program at the Chatham House, London. He received his doctorate in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK.
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