Avi Melamed

Middle East Expert, Educator and Strategic Intelligence Analyst, Avi Melamed is the Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute of Gettysburg College with offices in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Avi is a former Israeli Intelligence Official and Senior Official on Arab Affairs whose expertise is the Current Affairs of the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on Israel and the Middle East. He has a proven record of foreseeing the evolution of events in the Middle East and their impact on a local and regional level. In his work as an analyst, Avi provides intelligence analysis, briefings and tours to diplomats, Israeli and foreign policy makers, international media outlets as well as a wide variety of organizations and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East affairs. As the Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute, among other responsibilities, he spearheads the “Inside the Middle East – Intelligence Perspectives” program for college students, designed to ensure that the next generation to be in positions of influence will be more knowledgeable about Israel and the Middle East and will apply methods of critical thinking regarding Middle East Affairs. Avi’s newest book, released in April 2016, Inside the Middle East: Making Sense of the Most Dangerous and Complicated Region on Earth offers a unique insight into the Arab world and is “a GPS to help people navigate the dramatically changing Middle East.” In the book, he also offers an out of the box idea that could lead to a positive breakthrough in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. In the public sector, Avi has held various government and Counter-Terrorist intelligence positions. In the private sector Avi facilitates relationships between Israeli and international firms and potential partners in the Arab world. He is also the founder and creator of Feenjan – Israel speaks Arabic, a non-profit initiative which presents contemporary Israeli society and culture to the Arab world in Arabic, and serves as an online platform for Israelis and Arabs to discover and discuss issues of common interest. His expertise is: The Arab Awakening and Regional Ramifications; Arab perspectives on Israel; Arab Society; Current Affairs in the Arab World - and their Impact on Israel; Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in the Middle East; Evolving Forces in the Region; the Geostrategic Environment of the Middle East; the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; Jerusalem; Roots and Ideology of Radical Islam; In Through the Chimney - A New Approach to Israel Advocacy and Countering BDS.

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