Renowned Scholar Prof. Efraim Karsh Joins the BESA Center

By July 14, 2013

Professor Efraim Karsh, a leading authority on Middle Eastern history and politics, has joined the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies as a senior research associate. He specializes in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, superpower involvement in the Middle East, and Islamic history and politics.

Prof. Karsh has been professor of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King’s College London for 25 years, and now will also serve as a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University.

He is editor of the Middle East Quarterly and Israel Affairs academic journals, and the author of over 100 scholarly articles and fifteen books, including Palestine Betrayed (Yale, 2010); Islamic Imperialism: A History (Yale, 2006); Arafat’s War: The Man and his Battle for Israeli Conquest (Grove, 2003); Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East 1798-1923 (Harvard, 1999); Fabricating Israeli History: The “New Historians” (Routledge, 1997); The Gulf Conflict 1990-1991 (Princeton, 1993); and Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography (The Free Press, 1991).

Prof. Karsh has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Columbia universities, the Sorbonne, and the London School of Economics; and been a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. He has published op-ed articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, London Times, Der Spiegel, and many other global newspapers.

See his full c.v. here.