Yossi Harel Chair of Israel Studies

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   Professor David Tal

   Yossi Harel Chair in Modern Israel Studies


The post holder, Professor David Tal is a specialist in Israel’s military and diplomatic history and US nuclear disarmament policy. Professor Tal got his Ph.D. from the Tel Aviv University in 1995. He had taught at Tel Aviv University and was a visiting professor at Emory University and Syracuse University.

Before coming to Sussex, he was the Kahanoff Chair in Israel Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada. He was a NATO research fellow (2000-2002), INSCT research fellow (Syracuse University, 2008-2013) and Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies research fellow (2011-2012, 2013-2014). Professor Tal authored four books and edited two as well as about 40 articles and book chapters in the major journals pertinent to Israel’s military and diplomatic history and US foreign policy. His most recent authored book is US Strategic Arms Policy in the Cold War: Negotiation and Confrontation over SALT, 1969-79, (London: Routledge, 2017).

His present project is the history of US-Israel special relationship from the early 20th century to the present forthcoming in Cambridge University Press.