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Jonathan Adelman

Full Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Travels from Denver, CO

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Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Inside Israel and US Government, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, 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 two years he has written 30 op-eds on the Middle East, China and Russia, most of which have appeared on the websites of CNN, the Huffington Post, Forbes, Yedioth Ahronot and Fox News.  In the last two years he has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg News and NBC News. He also is a consultant on Russia and China for two leading Silicon Valley firms, including Cisco Systems.

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.

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 effort 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 400 speaking tours on Israel in the US in little over a decade. He has bought land in Kiryat Ata and Hadera.

Professor Adelman has also spent extensive time in Russia and China visiting them two dozen times. He is an Honorary Professor at both Peking University and People's University, both in Beijing. In Russia he gave a course at the Diplomatic Academy of the Foreign Ministry in Moscow.

Professor Adelman has given talks at many universities, ranging from Harvard, Columbia, Berkeley and Cambridge to Central European University in Budapest and Air War College in Alabama.

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