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Jonathan Adelman

Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy

Travels from Denver, CO

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


Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, Inside Israel and US Government, Positively Israel, Media and Current Events


Professor Jonathan Adelman is a full professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Having received four degrees from Columbia University, he has written or edited twelve books. In the last year he has written nine op-eds on the MIddle East, China and Russia, five of which appeared on the website (three on Fareed Zakaria’s blog) and the other four on the websites of the Huffington Post, Forbes, UPI and Reuters. In the last two years he has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post and NBC News.

Professor Adelman has significant experience with the American government and NGOs. He briefed Condi Rice almost a dozen times on international issues at the White House and State Department. He worked as a Senior Scientist (with clearance) for SAIC on Department of Defense contracts for eight years in the 1980s. For the State Department Professor Adelman  has gone on 19 international speaking tours to everywhere from China, Japan, Russia and India  to England, Germany, Turkey and Argentina. He has been a Senior Fellow and now Adjunct at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington.

In Israel he has taught at Hebrew University and the University of Haifa. In the late 1980s he worked for three years with the Israeli Foreign Ministry to organize three groups of Chinese princelings to visit Israel as part of a successful plan to gain Chinese diplomatic recognition. He continues to work with the Foreign Ministry on ideas to improve Sino-Israeli relations. Professor Adelman founded and ran the Israel center in Denver. He wrote a popular book on Israel, The Rise of Israel: A History of a Revolutionary State, for Routledge in London. He has gone on over 350 speaking tours on Israel in the US in little over a decade. He has even bought land in Kiryat Ata and Hadera.

He has also spent extensive time in Russia and China visiting them almost two dozen times. Professor Adelman has given talks at universities. ranging from Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley and Cambridge to the Air War College.

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