CUNY Middle East Experts Available for Comment

Following are examples of faculty members from The City University of New York colleges who are prominent experts on Middle East issues. They are available for comment as coverage of the peace process in Israel continues:

Distinguished Professor of Political Science Asher Arian, CUNY Graduate Center. An internationally recognized expert on Israeli politics, his publications include Security Threatened: Surveying Israeli Opinion on Peace and War; The Elections in Israel (co-editor); Politics in Israel: The Second Generation; National Security and Public Opinion in Israel (co-author). He has also served as editor of the International Political Science Association Book Series. 212-817-8677 (office).

Professor of Political Science Mitchell Cohen, Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He has written extensively on Israel and the Palestinians, especially on efforts to find peace and on political violence. His books include Zion and State: Nation, Class, and the Shaping of Modern Israel. He is also an editor of “Dissent” magazine. 212-387-1666 (office).

Professor of Political Science Norman G. Finkelstein, Hunter College. An expert in the origins and current unfolding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Author of the nationally prominent book, A Nation on Trial: The Goldhagen Thesis & Historical Truth (with Ruth Bettina Birn), 1998, Henry Holt; The Rise and Fall of Palestine, 1996, Univ. of Minnesota; and Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, 1995,Verso. 212-772-4785 (office) e-mail

Professor of Political Science Michael Kahan, Brooklyn College. He is an expert on Israel-US relations. He is the author of Media as Politics: Theory, Behavior, and Change in America (Prentice Hall, Inc., 1999).” 718-951-5310 (office).

Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs Fred A. Lazin, Hunter College. Expert on all aspects of politics and social policy of Israel and American Jewry. His books include Israel in the Nineties, University of Florida, 1996, and Politics and Policy Implementation: Project Renewal in Israel, SUNY, 1994. Dr. Lazin is the Lynn and Lloyd Hurst Family Professor of Local Government at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, on leave in the USA for 1999-2000. 212-772-5505 (office).

Distinguished Professor of History Ervand Abrahamian, Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center. His specialty is Iran, and he is well-informed on a broad range of Middle East issues, particularly Islamic movements. His books include Tortured Confessions: Prisons and Public Recantations in Modern Iran, California University Press, 1999, and Khomenism, California University Press, 1994. 212-802-3046 (office).