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Dr. Alon Ben-Meir


Dr. Alon Ben-Meir is a professor of international relations at the Center for Global Affairs at NYU. He teaches courses on international negotiation and Middle Eastern studies. alon@alonben-meir.com

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Israeli-Palestinian Confederation: Why and How

After 72 years of conflict, it is time for Israel and the Palestinians to realize that while a two-state solution remains the most viable option, there are irreversible realities on the ground that can...
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Biden Could End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Recently I had an opportunity to brief a group of European diplomats and journalists on a variety of conflicts, with a focus on the Middle East. During the Q&A I was asked which of...
November 3, 2020: People waiting for elections's results in Washington D.C., USA. Photo by Ted Eytan

GOP Has Become a Danger to U.S. Democracy

While I cheer Biden’s victory in the presidential election, I lament the state of the union Trump is leaving behind. Sadly, Biden’s victory has not been a repudiation of Trump, as he received more...
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Normalization alone not a path for Mideast peace

The normalization of relations between Israel and Sudan is another step forward toward the establishment of a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace. This development, following the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain,...
A view of Beitar Illit and Tzur Hadassah, as seen from Gush Etzion in Judea and Samaria, on Nov. 25, 2019. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Alternative Middle East peace plan needs Arab backing

Notwithstanding what has been commonly discussed, if the Netanyahu government moves on its plan to annex nearly 30 percent of the West Bank, which will include the Jordan Valley and Israeli settlements, it would...
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Coronavirus and institutionalized racism

The murder of George Floyd by a police officer in broad daylight came amid a high point in the continuing rampage of the coronavirus throughout the country, killing over 100,000 and infecting nearly 2...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump with senior White House adviser Jared Kushner at the start of a meeting in Jerusalem on May 22, 2017. Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO.

Trump’s deal endangers Israelis’ long-term security

Since the Second Intifada in 2000, the Israelis have been steadily moving to the right-of-center. Successive Israeli governments have made national security central to Israel’s very survival, and linking it to the presumed existential...
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks on the death of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3, 2010. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead.

Trump’s many foreign policy failures

I met with a group of officials from different countries who came to the US to learn about our political system and the decision-making process regarding US foreign policy under the Trump administration. Had...
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (center) with his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (second from left), in June 2013. (Wikimedia Commons)

The case for direct U.S.-Iran negotiations

Even a cursory review of the turmoil sweeping the Middle East points to Iran as one of the main culprits behind most of the conflicts that have and continue to destabilize the region. We...
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We must not grow numb to the Yazidi genocide

A few week ago, I had an opportunity to meet with six members of the Yazidi community, including journalists and activists. I must admit that although I knew and was very shaken when I...