JOSEPH KOSTINER, PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, 1982). Chair, School of History 2000-2004; Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies; Associate Professor, Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University. Fields of specialization: history and current affairs of the Arabian Peninsula states, social history of the Middle East, state and nation-building in the Middle East.
Author of The Struggle for South Yemen (1984); South Yemen's Revolutionary Strategy (1990); From Chieftaincy to Monarchical State: The Making of Saudi Arabia 1916-1936 (1993); Yemen: The Tortuous Quest for Unity, 1990-1994 (1996). Coeditor (with P.S. Khoury) of Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East (1991). Editor of Middle East Monarchies (2000).
Joseph Kostiner (z"l) participated in an International Workshop on Commerce in the Mediterranean, which was organized by Haifa University’s Center for Iranian and Gulf Studies on June 5-6, 2008. He delivered a paper jointly with Eran Segal (of Haifa University) on the development of commerce and the evolution of the pre-oil economy in the Gulf. He spoke on the Gulf Cooperation Council’s collective security efforts at a workshop on “International Relations in the Gulf,” in Doha, Qatar, organized by Georgetown University’s Center for International and Regional Studies, on June 17-18. In July he lectured on Saudi Arabia’s regional coordination efforts in a workshop on “Recent Developments In the Israeli-Palestinian Arena” held at the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany. His The Marginal Peace: The Policies of the Gulf States towards the Palestinian-Israeli Peace Process and Israel (Hebrew) was published by the Tami Steimetz Center in August.
ARYEH SHMUELEVITZ, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981). Professor for Middle Eastern History and former Chair of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History.
Professor Shmuelevitz was one of the founders of the Shiloah Institute (later the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies) and its annual publication, The Middle East Record, and was a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center. Fields of specialization: History and society of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and Iran; the Jews of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey.
Author of The Jews of the Ottoman Empire in the Late 15th and the 16th Centuries (1984); and editor of Seder Eliyahu Zuta by Rabbi Eliyahu Capsali (History of the Ottomans in three volumes, 1975, 1977, 1983, in Hebrew); co-editor of The Middle East Record (1960, 1961, 1967, 1968, 1969/70) and of The Hashemites in the Modern Arab World (1995).