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Joel Peters

Associate Professor in Government and International Affairs

Travels from Chevy Chase, MD

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.


Inside Israel and US Government, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs


Joel Peters is Professor of Government and International Affairs at the School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech based in their Washington D.C. campus. Prior to joining Virginia Tech 2007, he was the founding Director of the Center for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) at Ben Gurion University in Israel. He remains a Senior Research Fellow and serves as an Academic Advisor to the Center at BGU.

Joel Peters has written extensively on Israeli politics and foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, and regional cooperation in the Middle East.  He is the editor of the Routledge Handbook on the Israeli Palestinian Conflict and the co-author of Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union.   He is currently working on a history of Israeli foreign policy.  For the past twenty years he has been an active participant in various informal, track-two meetings between Israelis and Palestinians on issues ranging from Jerusalem, refugees, borders, economic development and regional security.  

Joel Peters has extensive experience as a public speaker. He has lectured widely to universities and Jewish audiences throughout Israel, Europe and the United States. He is regularly consulted by the international media and has been the studio analyst for BBC radio for the past three Israeli elections. He is available to speak on various aspects of Israeli politics and society, Israeli security and foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process and US-Israeli relations. He holds dual British-Israeli citizenship and is a US permanent resident. He is married with two sons (one of whom is currently serving in the IDF) and a daughter and lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA.

Download a prepared introduction for Joel Peters joel-peters.doc

Popular Speeches:

  • Israel: Politics and Society
  • Prospects for Peace in the Middle East
  • America and Israel: An Enduring Alliance

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