Avi Shlaim was born in Baghdad in 1945 and grew up in Israel. Ever since then he has studied the Arab-Israeli conflict and was most recently Professor of International Relations at Oxford. His biography of King Hussein is widely regarded as the best study of the King’s life and role in the region.
His main research interest is the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is author of Collusion across the Jordan: King Abdullah, the Zionist Movement, and the Partition of Palestine (1988); The Politics of Partition (1990 and 1998); War and Peace in the Middle East: A Concise History (1995); The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World (2000, second edition 2014); Lion of Jordan: King Hussein’s Life in War and Peace (2007); and Israel and Palestine: Reappraisals, Revisions, Refutations (2009). He is co-editor of The Cold War and the Middle East (1997); The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (2001, second edition 2007); and The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins and Consequences (2012).
Professor Shlaim is a frequent contributor to the newspapers and commentator on radio and television on Middle Eastern affairs.
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