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Neri Zilber

Adjunct Fellow


Neri Zilber, a journalist and researcher on Middle East politics and culture, was a visiting scholar at The Washington Institute in 2014-2015. His research focused on the Middle East Peace Process, with particular emphasis on Palestinian economics and state-building.

Most recently a Tel Aviv-based fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs (2011-2013) traveling throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan, Zilber’s work has appeared in the New Republic, the Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, the Washington Post, Politico, and Dissent, among other outlets. He is also a contributor to The Occupy Handbook (Little, Brown, 2012), a chronicle of the global “Occupy” movement, in which he authored the chapter on Israel's social protest demonstrations.  He is quoted regularly in the international press, and has appeared in interviews with CNN, BBC, France 24, Al Jazeera English, CNBC Asia, and NPR.

In addition to reportage and commentary on Middle East affairs, Zilber consults for the private sector on political and economic risk in Israel, the West Bank, and the broader Eastern Mediterranean. Previously, he worked as a researcher and analyst at the U.S. Library of Congress and the World Jewish Congress. This will be his second tenure at the Institute where he formerly worked as a research assistant from 2004 to 2005.

Zilber was raised and educated in Israel, Singapore, Spain, and the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and a master’s degree from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

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