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Joel Peters

Professor, Government and International Affairs School of Public and International Affairs Virginia Tech

Travels from Chevy Chase, MD

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Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Inside Israel and US Government


Joel Peters’ research interests and publications cover Israeli politics and foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli peace process, regional cooperation in the Middle East and Europe’s relations in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.  He is the author of four books on Israeli foreign policy:  Uneasy Neighbors: Israel and the European Union; Israel and the EU:  A Documentary History; Israel and Africa: The Problematic Friendship; and Pathways to Peace: The Multilateral Arab-Israel Peace Talks and is the lead editor of the Routledge Handbook the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.  He is currently completing a new book on contemporary Israeli foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and editing a book on Israeli Politics and Society.  He is also the co-editor of a book series on Europe and the World published by Lexington Books.


For the past twenty-five years Joel Peters has been an active participant in various informal, track II meetings between Israelis and Palestinians on issues ranging from Jerusalem, refugees, borders, economic development and regional security.  He has lectured widely at universities throughout Europe and the United States on Israeli politics and the Arab-Israeli peace process, and is regularly consulted by the international media.


Joel Peters is also a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS), an affiliate professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev Israel and a Policy Fellow at Mitvim – the Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.  He was the Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society (CSEPS) and a research fellow in the Middle East Program at the Chatham House, London. 


He received his doctorate in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK.


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