Yossi Mekelberg

Professor of International Relations and HASS Faculty Lead on Outreach Projects

Professional Biography

Yossi Mekelberg has taught International Relations at Regent's University London since 1996 and is currently the International Relations and Social Sciences Programme Director at the Faculty of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences at Regent's University London. His fields of interest are International Relations Theory, Middle East Affairs, US Foreign Policy and International Relations and Revolutions. Yossi Mekelberg is also an Associate Fellow of the Middle East Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. In addition, he is a member of the London Committee and Council of Human Rights Watch and a consultant to the Dutch simulation and education foundation Pax Ludens. He is also a founding member of the Middle East Economic Forum. Yossi is a regular contributor to the international media on these issues, for outlets including the BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CBC, the Guardian and the Independent, among many others. He is frequently invited to give talks, run workshops and provide advice to the British government, NATO and the EU.


  • MA in International Relations, Middlesex University, 2002
  • BA in Political Science, Tel Aviv University, 1987
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution mediator, Regent's University London, 2007

Relevant Past Employment

  • 1996 – current, Lecturer in International Relations and Politics, Regent's University, London
  • 2003 – 2006, Visiting Lecturer in International Relations, University of Buckingham
  • 1994 – 1996, Visiting Lecturer in Mediterranean Studies, King's College London


  • (Forthcoming). When I am 64: From Arab Spring to Iranian (nuclear) Winter, Briefing Paper, Chatham House,
  • (Forthcoming 2012). No Peace without them: The issue of the Palestinian Refugees, Chapter in a forthcoming book following a paper presented in Webster's humanitarian conference.
  • (2011). Gilad Shalit swap is an important first step between Hamas and Israel, Guardian.
  • (2011). Gilad Shalit Release - First Step in the Long Road to Peace? Huffington Post.
  • (2011). Proof that Israel and Hamas can talk, Jewish Chronicle.
  • (2011). The Middle East is in its Most Unstable Phase Ever, Huffington Post.
  • Mekelberg, Y. (2010). This is an important step on the road to political reality, Independent.
  • Mekelberg, Y. (2009). The Israeli PM is bluffing. The question is, who? Independent.
  • (2008). “Can We Change? Israeli Elections 2009”, World Today.
  • (2008).Chatham House Report: Iran: Breaking the Nuclear Deadlock.
  • (2008). “Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains”, Another View, Guardian.
  • (Forthcoming 2008). A peer reviewed Briefing Paper “Israel at 60: Challenges and Threats and Risks that needs to be taken”
  • (2008). “Young Country, Same Old Conflict”, in World Toady.
  • (2007). “From War of Words o Words of War”, Briefing Paper, Chatham House.
  • (2006). “Iran, Its Neighbours and the Regional Crises”, A Middle East Programme Report, Chatham House.
  • (2005). “Israelis and Palestinians”, in World Today, Volume 61, Number 10.
  • (2005). “Will Disengagement Lead to Big-Bang Realignment?”, Oxford Journal of Good Governance.
  • (2005). “Hope and Disengagement”, in World Today, Volume 61, Number 4.
  • (2004). “Iraq in Transition: Vortex or Catalyst?” Briefing Paper, Chatham House, September.
  • (2003). “Road Map to Somewhere?”, BBC Online interactive.
  • (2003). “Doves Vote Hawk: The January 2003 Elections in Israel”, Briefing Paper No.3, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.
  • (2002). “Israel, The US and the Middle East, Grave Scenario”, in World Today, Volume 58, Number 12.
  • (1994)."The Future of U.S.-Israeli Relations", in Karsh Efraim, and Mahler, Gregory, (Eds.), Israel At the Crossroads, Tauris,
  • (1993). "Antisemitism in Iran", in Lerman, Antony, and Spier Howard, (Eds.), Antisemitism, World Report, London, Institute of Jewish Affairs,
  • A comprehensive chronology (around 20,000 words) on Israeli issues in the Journal Israel Affairs, published by Frank Cass. Vol. 2, No. 2, Winter 1995; Vol. 3 No. 1 Autumn 1996; Vol.2 No. 3 & 4, Spring/Summer 1996.

Book Reviews:

  • (2003). International Affairs, Volume 79, No. 4.
  • (2002). Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective, By Ryan K. Beasley et al., Washington, CQ Press.
  • (2003). Good Judgment in Foreign Policy, By Stanley A. Renshon and Deborah Welch Larson (eds.), Lanham, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
  • (2003). The Changing Politics of Foreign Policy, By Christopher Hill, Houndmills, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Walid, K. Tauris, I.B. (1992). Survival, Autumn 1993: Palestine Reborn.
  • Israeli, R. (1991). Survival, Autumn 1992: Palestine Between Israel and Jordan, Squaring the Triangle, New York: Prager Publishers.
  • (1992). International Affairs, Volume 68, Number 1, South Yemen's Revolutionary Strategy, 1970-1985: From Insurgency to Bloc Politic, By Joseph Kostiner, Boulder, CO, Oxford, Westview.
  • (1990). RUSSI Journal Autumn 1991: Guards Without Frontiers: Israel's War Against Terrorism, By Katz M. Samuel, London, Arms and Amour,

Research Interests

  • Revolutions as an international phenomenon
  • Middle Eastern Affairs and US Foreign Policy
  • International Negotiations

Grants Awarded

  • 1989 Merit Scholarship, Tel Aviv University
  • 1991 McArthur Scholarship, King's College London
  • 1991-1994 Overseas Research Students
  • 1995 Avi Fellowship

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Associate Fellow of the Middle East Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House (since 2003)
  • Fellow of the Human Rights Institute at Regent's American College London, St. Louis.
  • Editorial Board Working Papers in International Relations, Regent's American College London, St. Louis
  • Advisor to the educational trust Pax Ludens.
  • Conseil scientifique, Geneva Graduate School of Governance
  • Member of the British Political Science Association

Teaching & Course Development

Developing both as a lecturer an as Programme Director the International Relations and Social Sciences curriculum on both graduate and under graduate levels. Taking an interdisciplinary approach and building a diverse team.