The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) is a non-partisan, interdisciplinary research center at Tel Aviv University. For over half a century, our mission has been to explain the contemporary Middle East and Africa, in all of their richness and complexity, to Israeli and international scholars, practitioners, and the public at large.
Our leading principle is simple: in order to understand these regions, one must understand their cultures, peoples, languages, religions, and history. In these complicated times, we believe that this approach has never been more relevant, and our mission never more critical. While the region is presently fraught with uncertainty, the Moshe Dayan Center hopes to continue to guide the way for those seeking to positively impact its future.
We pursue this mission along a number of tracks. The MDC regularly publishes both short-form analysis of contemporary developments as well as long-form books and monographs, hosts an eclectic and ambitious program of events and activities, and provides essential support and mentorship to affiliated researchers wishing to publish in leading academic journals and presses. Our internship and visiting scholar program offer students and scholars from around the world an opportunity to study and conduct research at Tel Aviv University, and our research programs and special initiatives are at the forefront of innovation in their fields. Moreover, we prioritize the retention and training of outstanding scholars at all stages of their academic careers and offer assistantships and fellowships to the most competitive candidates.
The MDC also is home to one-of-a-kind resources. Our Arabic Press Archive constitutes one of the largest and the most comprehensive collections of modern and contemporary Arabic-language newspapers in the world. The MDC Library houses an extensive collection of journals, articles, books, economic material, primary sources, and other reference material that are of great value to students and researchers alike. Last, but certainly not least, the Glazer Media Initiative houses an extensive film collection on various topics related to the Middle East and offers access to satellite services and broadcasts of important regional channels and makes available remote viewing of our programming for a global audience.
We are governed by an Israeli Board of Governors, on the advice of an International Advisory Board. The current Director is Professor Uzi Rabi. The MDC is a non-profit institution funded primarily by endowments, research grants, and individual and institutional contributions.