Avi Melamed

Former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs, Intelligence Official and educator, Avi Melamed today is an Independent Middle East Strategic Intelligence Analyst, regional expert and lecturer specializing in the current affairs of the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on Israel and the region. Avi has most recently been appointed the Fellow of Intelligence and Middle East Affairs for the Eisenhower Institute in Washington DC where among other responsibilities he leads a year-long program entitled Inside the Middle East – Intelligence Perspectives, designed to ensure that the next generation to be in positions of influence in the United States will have a more intimate understanding of the Middle East and will apply methods of critical thinking regarding Middle East Affairs in a way that will result in a more accurate reading the Middle East reality and which will better serve the West’s interest. 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. His analysis, tours and briefings, based on Arab sources, years of field experience, policy design and intimate connections throughout the Arab world, offer an insider’s view of the constantly-changing Middle East landscape and future regional implications. In the public sector, Avi has held government and Counter-Terrorist intelligence positions, including serving as Senior Advisor on Arab Affairs to two Jerusalem mayors. He has held Intelligence and Counter-terrorism field positions in delicate areas on behalf of the Israeli Defense Forces, the Israeli government, and Israeli security and intelligence services including the Mossad, Shabak, and 8200. Avi is the founder and creator of Feenjan – Israel speaks Arabic, a website in which he reaches out to the Arab world in Arabic about Israel. Fluent in Arabic and having spent many years in Arab speaking areas, Avi’s briefings are based on years of field experience, policy design and intimate connections throughout the Arab world. Avi has degrees from The Carmel Institute for Military Research, George Mason University, and The Hebrew University. Avi is a frequent contributor in Arabic, Hebrew and English to many news outlets including Al-Arrabiya, Al-Jazeera, BBC, CBN, I-24 News, the Times of Israel, USA Today, etc.

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