Eldad Ben Aharon
Eldad Ben Aharon is a Lecturer in Israel Studies and History of International Relations at Leiden University - Institute for Area Studies. He is a historian of International Relations who works primarily on the Middle East in the 20th Century. Dr. Ben Aharon’s specializes in the diplomatic history of the Middle East during the Cold War that broadly includes U.S. foreign policy on the wider region, Israeli Turkish relations and Israeli-Iranian relations before and during the 1979 revolution. His research focuses on Israel's foreign policy from 1948 to the present as well as questions of theory and methodology in a humanities-based approach to International Relations, especially the relationship between archival research and oral history.
Dr. Ben Aharon is a historian of International Relations specializing in the Cold War in the Middle East. He has published scholarly articles on a range of subjects in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Cold War History, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, and the Oral History Review. Dr. Ben Aharon is also involved in research-led public engagement, therefore, he regularly writes short essays on current affairs for The Conversation, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, The National Interest and Times of Israel, on issues related to the Middle East, Turkey’s foreign policy, Israel’s political history, Holocaust memory, the Armenian genocide and transnationalism.
- Israel's diplomatic history
- Turkey’s foreign policy
- Intelligence history and counter-terrorism
- Oral history theory and practice
- Jewish and Armenian transnationalism
- Nagorno-Karabakh conflict
- International relations theories
- Transnational dimension of conflict and peace
- Conspiracy theories and foreign policy
- Comparative diaspora studies
- Israeli domestic politics
- Israel-Diaspora relations
- Holocaust memory in the global age
Teaching and supervision activities
Dr. Ben Aharon supervises BA and MA theses on Israel's diplomatic and political history, diplomatic history of the Middle East, preferably on the above listed themes.
BA Israel Studies
- Introduction to Israel Studies: Politics, History and Society
- Introduction to Israel Diaspora Relations: The Politics and History of a Complex Relationship
- Israel and the World: Selected Themes in Israel's Foreign Policy
BA International Studies
- PhD (2019) in History from Royal Holloway University of London
- MA (2009) Master of Arts in Modern History in Holocaust and Genocide Studies from the University of Amsterdam.
- BA (2011) in Political Science and International Relations from the Open University in Israel (with honours)
|since 2020||Minerva Fellow and Associate Researcher at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)|
|since 2019||Lecturer in Israel Studies and History of International Relations at Leiden University, Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)|
|2018–2019||Visiting Scholar at Leiden University, Institute for Area Studies (LIAS)|
Grants and awards
|Minerva Fellowship for a research residency at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) Department 'Global Junctions'|
Global Excellence Scholarship for Armenian Studies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
|2015−2019||Crossland Maintenance award, Royal Holloway, University of London|
|College Research Scholarship, Royal Holloway, University of London.|
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