PHILADELPHIA – The Middle East Forum is pleased to announce that Efraim Karsh has been appointed principal research fellow and chief editor and Amy Shargel has become director.
Mr. Karsh will focus in his new role on research, writing and editing. Among other responsibilities, he will continue as editor of the Middle East Quarterly and direct a new project, Apartheid Monitor, to document and combat discrimination against minorities in the Middle East, the foremost obstacle to the emergence of civil society and stable government.
A research professor at King's College London, Mr. Karsh is among the most original and accomplished historians of the Middle East active today. His latest book, Palestine Betrayed (Yale, 2010), reframes today's Arab-Israeli debate by demonstrating how Palestinians aborted a Palestinian state in the 1920s to 1940s.
Ms Shargel will direct the Forum's operations, functioning as chief operating officer. She will supervise, consolidate and expand existing programs and venture into new fields of activity.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she also received a Master's Degree in International Relations, Ms Shargel helped Daniel Pipes to establish the Middle East Forum in 1994. Having served in a number of positions in the organization, she has played a central role in nearly all the Forum's operations.
MEF president Daniel Pipes stated "I welcome these staff changes which give Efraim Karsh more time to do his own research and take advantage of Amy Shargel's proven strengths as the Middle East Forum's key administrator. This shift should help MEF expand its reach on issues relating to the Middle East and Islam."
For Immediate Release
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