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Neri Zilber

Adjunct Fellow


Neri Zilber, a journalist and analyst on Middle East politics and culture, is an adjunct fellow of The Washington Institute. He was previously a visiting scholar at the Institute in 2014-2015, where his research focused on the Middle East Peace Process, with particular emphasis on Palestinian economics and state-building.

Zilber is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast, Foreign Policy, and Politico, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Atlantic, New Republic, Foreign Affairs, and IHS Jane's. Prior to joining the Institute, he was a Tel Aviv-based fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs (2011-2013) traveling throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. Zilber is the co-author of the Institute monograph State With No Army, Army With No State: Evolution of the Palestinian Authority Security Forces 1994-2018 (March 2018). 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. Zilber 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 regional political and economic risk. Previously, he worked as a researcher and analyst at the U.S. Library of Congress and the World Jewish Congress. He formerly worked as a research assistant at the Institute 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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