Asher Susser

Prof. Susser, PhD (Tel Aviv University, 1986), is a Senior Research Fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and former Director of the Center (1989-1995, 2001-2007). Prof. Susser teaches in the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University and in 2006 he received the Faculty of Humanities outstanding teacher's award.

Prof. Susser spent the 2009-10 academic year on Sabbatical at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University as the Senior Fellow on the Myra and Robert Kraft Chair in Arab Politics. In August 2009 he spoke at a Crown Center Symposium on What's Up in the Middle East? where he discussed the prospects of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. In October he participated in another Crown Center symposium on Middle East Politics: Present and Future where he addressed "Regional Dimensions: The Middle East in Context." In February 2010 Prof. Susser lectured on "Fault Lines—Israel, Jordan, Palestine" at an international conference on Promoting State-Building, Managing Fault Lines, held in Jerusalem jointly by the South African-based Brenthurst Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung. He also participated in the follow up conference held at Tswalu in South Africa in May. In February he delivered a lecture on "Israel, Iran, and the Arabs: The Middle East of the 21st Century," in the Shaol Pozez Memorial Lectureship, under the auspices of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies of the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Prof. Susser published a monograph on The Rise of Hamas and the Crisis of Secularism in the Arab World, in the Essay Series of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies and reviews in scholarly journals on George Gilder's The Israel Test, Rich Cohen's Israel is Real, and on Curtis Ryan's Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy.

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The History of Modern Israel – Part I: From an Idea to a State (Coursera)

How did the State of Israel come to be? How is it that an idea, introduced in 19th century Europe, became a reality? And how does that reality prevail in the harsh complexities of the Middle East? Presented by Professor Eyal Naveh, with additional units from Professor Asher Sussers' [...]
Average: 8 (3 votes)

The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part I (Coursera)

This course will review the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. We will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab [...]
Average: 5 (3 votes)

The History of Modern Israel - Part II: Challenges of Israel as a sovereign state (Coursera)

This course deals with the Israeli politics, economy, society and culture, since its creation in 1948 till today. It analyzes the construction of the Israeli historical narrative as an identity-building narrative, intending to inculcate a collective memory to a diverse society. We will focus on key events and [...]
Average: 5 (4 votes)

The Emergence of the Modern Middle East - Part II (Coursera)

This course will discuss the developments in the Middle East from the early 20th century to the present. It will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It [...]
Average: 10 (4 votes)