About The Center
Established in 2004 by Tel Aviv University, the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies promotes collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching on issues of global importance. Combining the activities and strengths of Tel Aviv University's professors and researchers in various disciplines, the Abraham Center aims to integrate international and regional studies at the University into informed and coherent perspectives on global affairs. Its special focus is inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts around the world, with particular emphasis on possible lessons for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the larger academic arena, the Abraham Center encourages excellence in research on international and regional issues, creating links with leading universities around the world in order to promote international exchanges in these vital areas among faculty and students.
Through innovative research projects, conferences, colloquia and lectures by visiting scholars on issues of global, regional, and cross-regional importance, the Center promotes exchanges across a variety of disciplines among scholars who focus on international relations and comparative and regional studies. In its various activities, the Center seeks to provide students and faculty members with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the complex cultural and historical perspectives on both the national and regional levels across the globe. These activities are enhanced by conferences, lectures, and workshops, sponsored by the Center alone or in collaboration with other Institutes and Centers within and without Tel Aviv University.
The S. Daniel Abraham Center, which works in close cooperation with the Zvi Yavetz School of History, and at the same time encourage closer collaboration between the various Institutes and Centers operating at Tel Aviv University. Therefore, its academic committee is comprised of the Heads of a dozen research centers and institutes, mainly from the University's Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies, Confucius Institute and the Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies operate within the framework of the Abraham Center. Prof. Galia Sabar coordinates the African Studies activities at the S. Daniel Abraham Center.
The Center's founding director is Prof. Raanan Rein. Rein is Professor of Spanish and Latin American History, author of numerous books and articles published in various languages and in many countries. He is a member of Argentina's Academia Nacional de la Historia and was visiting scholar at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Emory University, Atlanta GA.