Alon Ben-Meir is the Middle East Director of the World Policy Institute at the New School for Social Research, and a professor of International Relations and Middle-Eastern studies at the Center for Global Studies at NYU and at the New School.
Fluent in Arabic and Hebrew, Dr. Ben-Meir began his career as a journalist and made frequent travels to the Mid-East meeting with highly placed sources in Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and Palestine.
Dr. Ben-Meir is the author of numerous books, including, "The Middle East: Imperative and Choices," "Israel: The Challenge of the Fourth Decade," "In Defiance of Time, Framework for Arab-Israeli Peace," "The Last Option, and A War We Must Win."
He expects to publish his latest book, "Defeating Terrorism," in the summer of 2006.
Mr. Ben-Meir has appeared on major television and radio networks, and is a popular lecturer on international relations at a variety of universities besides the New York University and the New School.
Born in Baghdad and currently residing in New York City, he holds a masters degree in philosophy and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University.