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Efraim Karsh

Efraim Karsh is Professor and Head of the Mediterranean Studies Programme at King's College, University of London. Born and brought up in Israel, he graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Arabic and Modern Middle East History, and obtained an MA and PhD in International Relations from Tel-Aviv University.

Before embarking on an academic career, Professor Karsh was an intelligence officer in the Israeli Defence Forces where he attained the rank of a Major. He has subsequently held various academic posts at Harvard and Columbia universities, the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics, Helsinki University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington D.C., and the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel-Aviv University.

Professor Karsh is an internationally recognized authority on the history and politics of the Middle East, and is a Founding Editor of the scholarly journal Israel Affairs. He is a regular commentator to the media and has appeared on all the main radio and television networks in the United Kingdom and the United States, including such programmes as Nightline (ABC) and its British counterpart Newsnight (BBC 2), Q & A (CNN), The Conny Chang Program (CBS), TV AM (ITN), The World Today (BBC World Service), All Things Considered (National Public Radio), and The Larry King Show.

Professor Karsh has contributed articles to leading newspapers, including The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The London Times, The Sunday Times, and The Daily Telegraph.

He is the author of over a hundred academic publications, and his books include Imperial Illusions: An Interpretative History of the Middle East from the Rise of Islam to the Present Day (Yale University Press, forthcoming in 2005); Arafat's War (Grove, 2003); Rethinking the Middle East (Cass, 2003); The Palestine 1948 War (Osprey, 2002); The Iran-Iraq War (Osprey, 2002); Empires of the Sand: The Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East, 1789-1922 (Harvard University Press, 1999; with Inari Karsh); Fabricating Israeli History: The 'New Historians' (Frank Cass, 1997; second edition 1999); The Gulf Conflict 1990-1991: Diplomacy and War in The New World Order (Princeton University Press, 1993; with Lawrence Freedman); Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography (The Free Press, 1991; with Inari Rautsi-Karsh); Soviet Policy towards Syria Since 1970 (Macmillan, 1991); Neutrality and Small States (Routledge, 1988); The Soviet Union and Syria (Routledge, 1988); The Cautious Bear: Soviet Military Engagement in Middle East Wars in the Post 1967 Era (Westview, 1985).

Recent articles by Efraim Karsh

WHY THE FRENCH VOTE WAS GOOD FOR EUROPE. FOR BETTERTNR Online06.01.05
DEAR DIARY: JUAN COLE'S BAD BLOG.TNR Online04.25.05
LONDON DISPATCH: COLLEGE COARSETNR Online04.28.05
DAILY EXPRESS: RETURN ADDRESSTNR Online05.16.05
DAILY EXPRESS: GROUP DYNAMICSTNR Online05.12.05
ARAFAT LIVESCommentaryJanuary 2005
GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT, MR. BLAIRBenador NewsNovember 16, 2004

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