FORA.tv Speaker - Avi Beker
Avi Beker received his Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York specializing in international security, arms control and the United Nations.
He was a member of the Israeli mission to the United Nations (1977-82). For twenty years Beker served in the World Jewish Congress, as the executive director in Israel, the international director and finally as the Secretary General, the chief executive officer of the umbrella organization of world Jewish communities.
Beker participated and led international campaigns against anti-Semitism, Holocaust restitution, defending Jewish human rights and advocating for rights of Jews from Arab countries. Under the auspices of the WJC, he founded the Israel Council for Foreign Relations and the Institute for Research of the WJC which he subsequently headed. He has published books and articles on international politics and security, disarmament, Israel's foreign policy and Jewish affairs.
He lectures regularly on these topics in Israel and abroad. On December 2007 Beker received the Boris Smolar award from the American Jewish distribution Committee (JDC) for his research studies and essays on international Jewish affairs. In 2004-7 he lectured to MA students of Diplomacy and headed the program on Jewish Diplomacy at the school of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University.
His book The Chosen: the History of an Idea and the Anatomy of an Obsession was published on May 2008 by Palgrave-Macmillan.
10.16.08 | 01:52:50 min
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