Dr. Avraham Sela

Professor Dr. Avraham Sela holds the A. Ephraim and Shirley Diamond chair in International Relations at the Department of International Relations and chair of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

He served in the Israeli Defense Forces as an intelligence officer and an analyst of Arab affairs for 16 years prior to his academic career.

Professor Sela specializes in Middle East politics with special emphasis on inter-Arab and Arab-Israeli relations in regional and historical perspectives, and in contemporary Palestinian politics and society.

Books he has written include:

  • The Decline of the Arab Israeli Conflict: Middle East Politics and the Quest for Regional Order (Albany: SUNY Press, 1998)
  • The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Adjustment (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000; 2nd Edition, 2006) (co-authored with Shaul Mishal)
  • The Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East (New York: Continuum, 2002)