Avraham Sela

Avraham Sela is a scholar on the Middle East and international relations, currently the A. Ephraim and Shirley Diamond Professor of International Relations and a senior research fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He is the author of The Decline of the Arab Israeli Conflict: Middle East Politics and the Quest for Regional Order (1998) and co-author of The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Adjustment (2000).


  • Education 1
  • Views 2
  • Publications 3
  • References 4


Sela studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem gaining a BA in 1971, an MA in 1974 and a PhD in 1986.


Sela is fairly critical of the writings of the New Historians, particularly of Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim.[1]


  • Unity Within Conflict in the Inter-Arab System: The Arab Summit Conferences, 1964-1982 (Magnes Press, 1983) (Hebrew)
  • The Palestinian Ba'ath: The Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party in the West Bank under Jordan (1948–1967) (Magnes Press, 1984) (Hebrew)
  • The PLO and Israel: From Armed Struggle to Political Settlement (St. Martin's Press, 1997, editor)
  • The Decline of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Middle East Politics and the Quest for Regional Order (SUNY Press, 1998)
  • The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Coexistence (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000), 2nd Edition (Columbia University Press, 2006),
  • The Continuum Political Encyclopedia of the Middle East (Continuum, 2002).


  1. ^ Avi Shlaim, "The Debate about 1948" in Benny Morris (ed.), Making Israel, 2007, ISBN 0-472-03216-X, pp. 135-138
  • Biography at the Faculty Members page of Hebrew University of Jerusalem International Relations department
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