Coming to The US

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to inform you that I will be in the USA during the second part of September for a short lecture tour focusing on the current events in the Arab World and their impact on Israel.

The events in the Middle East obviously capture media headlines and public interest – and with talk of a possible US strike on Syria coverage seems to be at a fever-pitch. As always, I am personally honored and thankful for every event I am invited to and every stage I am given to add to people’s knowledge and understanding of our complex region – especially at this crucial time when a true understanding of what’s happening in the region is paramount.

This tour – unlike others – is much shorter. Due to previous professional commitments I have in Israel, I have to be back home by the end of the first week of October.  My very tight schedule leaves me only a few days left for possible engagements: the week of September 22 – 26 in the Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia region only.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of an event or you would like to meet while I’m in the area, please contact me at or call me at 972 5050 409905.

I do apologize in advance that I am unable to conduct briefings elsewhere during this tour – as much as I would like to, my speaking schedule is packed solid.

I hope that my next visit (February and March 2014) will enable me to conduct many more events and briefings. Please feel free to contact me about that as well if you would like to begin planning an event for February or March – and of course, please include me on your next trip to Israel!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) Jews all around the world celebrate the evening of the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei – the first month of Jewish annual calendar. For Jews it is the New Year’s holiday known in Hebrew as Rosh Hashanah. As part of the holiday tradition, Jews greet one another and send each other the traditional Jewish blessing in Hebrew SHANA TOVA – SHNAT SHALOM VEBITACHON (Have a Good Year. May it be a Year of Peace and Security).

In that spirit I want to wish you all – Jews and non Jews – a year of health and joy, may all your dreams be fulfilled and may all your visions come true – and above all – I want to wish you all that we may be forever thankful for the gift of life.


Avi Melamed, former Israeli Senior Official on Arab Affairs, intelligence official and educator is today an independent Middle East Strategic Intelligence Analyst, and lecturer specializing in the current affairs of the Arab and Muslim world and their impact on Israel and the region.   His tours and briefings, based on Arab sources, decades of field experience, policy design and intimate connections throughout the Arab world, offer an insider’s view of the constantly-changing Middle East landscape and future regional implications.
He is also the founder and creator of Feenjan – Israel speaks Arabic, a non-profit initiative which presents contemporary Israeli society and culture to the Arab world in Arabic, and serves as an on-line platform for Israelis and Arabs to discover and discuss issues of common interest.
In his work as an analyst Avi provides intelligence analysis, briefings and tours to diplomats, Israeli and foreign policy makers, international media outlets as well as a wide variety of organizations and private clients on a range of Israel and Middle East affairs.
His expertise includes: The Arab awakening; Arab perspectives on Israel; Emerging challenges and opportunities in the Middle East; Evolving forces in the region and their current and future impact on Israel’s strategic environment, etc.   In the private sector Avi facilitates relationships between Israeli and international firms and potential partners in the Arab world.   Fluent in Arabic and Israeli- Jew with a unique understanding of Arab society and culture,
Avi spent over twenty years living in Arab cities and communities throughout the region, often in high-risk positions at sensitive times.  During the first Intifada he was appointed the youngest-ever Deputy Advisor on Arab affairs to the Mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy Kollek and later he served in the Ehud Olmert administration as Senior Advisor.  He was instrumental in developing Israeli policy in and around Jerusalem, and represented the city in local and international forums.  He held various Intelligence and field positions in delicate areas on behalf of the Israeli Defense Forces intelligence, the Israeli government, and working with Israeli intelligence agencies.
 Avi has authored two books, Separate and Unequal – Israel’s rule in East Jerusalem, published by Harvard University Press and Ubrusi, A Novel.
He is a frequent guest on English and Arabic networks including Al Jazeera and BBC Arabic, his articles are translated into multiple languages and are available on international news websites and Wikistrat – Next Generation Strategy where he is a Senior Analyst.
Avi’s unique experience, outstanding analytical abilities, profound understanding of the Arab world and the Arabic language coupled with direct access to sources, resources and networks throughout the Arab world and intimate connections with local and regional intelligence resources has allowed him to keep his finger on the pulse on the Arab world that has resulted in a proven record of foreseeing the evolution of events as well as their impact on a local and regional level.   Through all of Avi’s efforts, as a speaker, an analyst, a writer, and an entrepreneur, he is a bridge builder.  He dedicates himself to enhancing the Arabic, English and Hebrew speaking audience’s comprehensive understanding of the Middle East and of each other.
Sample Client List:            AIPAC; American Israel Joint Distribution Committee; American Jewish Committee; Birthright; Canada Israel Committee; Eisenhower Institute; Foreign Embassies; Friends of the IDF; Gettysburg College; Georgetown University; Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation; Herzeliya Interdisciplinary Center; Israel Border Police; Israel Embassy; Israel Defense Forces; Israel Ministry of Defense; Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Israel Police; Israel Prison Authority; Israeli Colleges: Jewish Agency For Israel; Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Jewish Community Relations Council; Jerusalem Foundation; Jewish Federations of North America; Jewish National Fund; Hillel; MASA; Peres Center for Peace; Philips Academy Andover; Princeton University; The Israel Project; University of California, Berkeley; Wikistrat; World Bank; Young Presidents Organization and World Presidents Organization, etc.    
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