Israeli Political Strategist to Speak on Radical Islam

Dr. Yossi Olmert, an authority on Israeli politics, the Arab-Israeli conflict and radical Islam will be speaking on the UTC campus in Grote room 129 at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 24. The former director of the Government Press Office and Advisor to Yitzhak Shamir and Policy Advisor to Defense Minister Moshe Arens under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Olmert will address "Radical Islam: Where did it come from and where is it going?"

Formerly a professor of Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University and a guest lecturer abroad, Olmert currently works as a policy and press consultant and he is a professor of security studies at the college system of Bar-Ilan University. He is also widely recognized in Israel for his work as a political columnist in Israel’s leading newspaper Yediot Aharanot and in the English daily Jerusalem Post, and as a frequent guest on political talk shows.

Olmert completed his doctoral work in Middle Eastern History and received the Ph.D. at the London School of Economics; he graduated magna cum laude from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the MA in the History of the Middle East; and he earned an undergraduate degree in History of the Middle East, graduating magna cum laude at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Olmert has written several books, including:

  • Unraveling the Knot: Between Arab and Jew, New York, 1989
  • Minorities in the Middle East, The Broadcast University Library, 1986
  • Modern Syria, The Broadcast University Library, 1997
  • The 18 Years of Lebanon (forthcoming), Yediot Aharanot Publications

Olmert’s talk is sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta, the Chair of Excellence in Judaic studies at UTC and the American Society of Public Administration. For more information, please e-mail or call 423/425-4334.