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Director: Dr. Yoram Peri

Dr. Yoram  PeriProf Yoram Peri is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and Director of the new Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, the University of Maryland at College Park.

A former political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, founder and former head of Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society and professor of Political Sociology and Communication in the department of communication at Tel Aviv University, and former Editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily, Davar.

Born in Jerusalem, he earned his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and Sociology at the Hebrew University and his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

Professor Peri has held numerous prestigious positions, such as senior fellowship at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC, Fulbright scholar at the American University’s School of International Service, visiting professorships at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, senior fellowship at the Jaffe Center for Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv University, and senior lecturer in the department of communication at the Hebrew University.

In addition to his academic career, Prof. Peri was a journalist and is a political commentator. He published extensively in newspapers and magazines in and outside Israel, and also was an editor and host of TV and radio programs. During Golda Meir’s term as Prime Minister, he was the spokesperson for the Israel Labor Party and its special emissary to Europe. Among his various public positions, Prof. Peri was president of the Association of the editors of Israel’s Daily Newspapers and a member of the Press Council.

Prof. Peri published extensively on Israeli society, media and politics. Among his publications are Generals in the Cabinet Room (U.S. Institute of Peace Press), The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (Stanford University Press), and Between Battles and Ballots: Israel Military in Politics (Cambridge University Press). His book Telepopulism: Media and Politics in Israel was published by Stanford University Press in 2004, and in October 2005 he published his latest book (in Hebrew) Brothers at War: Rabin's Assassination and the Cultural war in Israel. For this book he was granted the 2006 award by the Presidents and Prime Ministers memorial council. His latest book, Generals in the Cabinet Room: How the Military Shapes Israeli Policy, was published in May 2006 by the United States Institute of Peace. The book has been selected as an outstanding book and as one of the best of the best by the Association of American University Press, in 2007. Since 2011 he is also the editor of Israel Studies Review, the flagship academic journal of the Association for Israel Studies (AIS).

Download Prof. Peri's CV.

Recent Activity


“Israeli Media and the Portrayal of the conflict,” A conference on “Israel and the Media”, The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University, April 3-4, 2016.

“Rabin In His Own Words,” an examination and analysis of the new documentary, Center for the Arts, Towson University, February 7, 2016.

“Yitzhak Rabin – The Prime Minister who was Assassinated Twice,” Global Political Assassination Symposium, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, December 3, 2015.

1917-2017: 100 years of Zionism, its Achievements and Challenges, Shanghai International Studies University, China, November 2015.

The Evolution of Israeli-Chinese Foreign Relations, Nanjing University, China, November 2015.

A New Role for China in the Middle East: A View from Israel, World Forum on China Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Shanghai, China, November 2015.

Politics and Law panel at Reinventing Israel: Transformations of Israeli Society in the 21st Century conference, Center for Israel Studies, American University, October 29, 2015. A video of this lecture can be seen here.

The Second Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin and the Cultural War in Israel, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, University of California - Santa Barbara, October 18, 2015.

“Security Structures, Doctrine, and Domestic Politics,” Israeli Decision-Making in Turbulent Times, Institute for National Strategic Studies, Washington, DC, September 30, 2015.

2015 Knesset Elections: A Shift in Israeli Politics? The Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies, Northwestern University, March 5, 2015. 

What About Gaza: The War that Both Sides Lost Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, November 20, 2014. 

Israel Studies and Jewish Studies -- Separate and Together, Jewish Studies in America: Past, Present, and Future conference, University of Maryland, November 16, 2014.

Recent Publications

Hasn’t the Time Come for the Political Training of Senior IDF Officers?Military and Strategic Affairs 6 (3), December 2014, 17-41.

"Intentional Ambiguity: Why Do Crises in Relationships between the Defense Minister and Chief of Staff Reoccur Repeatedly?" in Civil-Military Relations in Israel: Essays in Honor of Stuart A. Cohen,eds. Elisheva Rosman-Stollman and Aharon Kapinsky. London: Lexington Books, 2014.


Generals in the Cabinet Room: How the Military Shapes Israel Policy, Washington DC: US Institute of Peace, 2006.

Brothers at War: The Rabin Assassination and the Cultural War in Israel, Tel Aviv: Babel, Edith Aharonot (in Hebrew), 2005.

Telepopulism: Media and Politics in Israel in the 1990's, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004.

The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, (ed. and contributor of 4 chapters), Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.

Yitzhak Rabin: The Rabin Memoirs (Afterword), Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 1996. *Read excerpt here

Between Battles and Ballots: Israeli Military in Politics, Cambridge UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983.


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