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Board of Advisors

管子怀(Guan Zihuai)
Former Ambassador of China in Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain, Vice Chairman of China-Arab Exchange Association. He studied at Renmin University of China and Beijing Institute of Foreign Affairs in 1953, specializing in international relations and foreign affairs. In 1975, He worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of PRC, and was sent to China’s Embassy in Egypt. After 26 years working in Arabic countries, he then was appointed as China’s ambassador in Oman 1984, in Kuwait, 1987, and adjunct ambassador in Bahrain. After the Gulf War in early 1991, he was sent back to Kuwait for the embassy reconstruction.

Moshe Arens
Moshe Arens was born in 1925 in Lithuania, grew up in the U.S. and immigrated to Israel 1948. In 1974 he was elected to the Knesset as a lawmaker for the Likud. In 1982, Arens became the Israeli ambassador to the United States for one year, before returning to Israel to become Defense Minister. Arens also served as Foreign Minister from 1988 to 1990.Arens became defense minister again between 1990 and 1992, when he retired from politics, only to return in 1999 to the same portfolio.

Since leaving politics Arens has been Chairman of Teuza, a venture capital firm. He is a columnist for Haaretz, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Ariel University in Samaria. He is the author of two books: Broken Covenant, published in 1995 by Simon and Schuster and by Yediot Sfarim in Hebrew, and Flags Over the Warsaw Ghetto, published in 2011 by Gefen Publishing House; it has also been published in Hebrew and Polish.

刘宝莱(Liu Baolai)
Former Ambassador of China in United Arab Emirates(UAE),Jordan, former Vice Chairman of Chinese people’s institute of foreign affairs, Contract Research Fellow at China Institute of International Studies. He worked at China’s embassy in Morocco, Sudan, and Kuwait from 1967-1989, and was appointed as Counselor and Vice Director of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in West Asia and North Africa Office from 1989 to 1991. He served as ambassador in UAE,and Jordan from 1991 to 1999. He was appointed as Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs Management of Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2000-2002

Uzi Arad
Dr. Uzi Arad served as National Security Advisor to Israel’s PM Netanyahu and Head of the Israeli NSC between 2009 and 2011. During Netanyahu’s first term as PM Dr. Arad was his Foreign Policy Advisor (1997-1999).
Arad is currently serving as Professor of Government at IDC’s Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy. He was recently elected Chairman of Israel’s Institute of Defense Studies and appointed Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary. In 2005 he established and then headed the Atlantic Forum of Israel. Arad also founded and directed the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the IDC in 2000, where he launched and presided over the Annual Herzliya Conference Series.
Between 1975 and 1999 Arad served with Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, where he held senior positions at home and abroad, his last position being Director of the Intelligence Division.
Prior to his career in government, Arad was a Professional Staff Member at the Hudson Institute in New York and a Fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Center for Strategic Studies. He received his M.A. (1973) and Ph.D. (1975) degrees in International Relations from Princeton University, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

殷 罡(Yin Gang)
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of West Asia and Africa Studies (IWAAS), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Middle East Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of National Strategy Studies,Qinghua University. Dr. Yin Gang’s main research area is the Arab-Israeli conflict, with publications such as Arab-Israeli conflict—problems and solutions, The Iraq war and the humanity factor in post-war reconstruction.

Efraim Inbar
Efraim Inbar is a Professor in Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University and Director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (the BESA Center).
Inbar served as visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University (2004), at Georgetown University (1991-92), and visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1996). Prof. Inbar was appointed as a Manfred Warner NATO Fellow (1998), was a visiting fellow at the (London) International Institute for Strategic Studies (2000), and was the recipient of the Onassis Fellowship (2003). He often lectures at institutions such as RAND, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, Oxford, and Yale Universities.
Inbar’s area of specialization is Middle Eastern strategic issues with a special interest in the politics and strategy of Israeli national security. He has written over 80 articles in professional journals and edited volumes. He has authored five books. Prof. Inbar served in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) as a paratrooper.

马晓霖(Ma Xiaolin)
Founder, Chairman of the Board, President and Editor-in-Chief of blshe.com. First Real-Name Blog Portal for Chinese Intellectuals. Executive Director of China Foundation for International Studies, Executive Director of the China Academy for Middle East Studies., and Director of the China-Arab Friendship Association.He also worked as Senior Xinhua Correspondent in Kuwait, Palestine & Iraq, now is a guest Professor of Beijing Foreign Studies University and Chief Editor of Globe Magazine.

Oded Eran
Oded Eran is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, served as director of INSS from July 2008 to November 2011, following a long career in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government positions.
Dr. Eran served as the World Jewish Congress Representative in Israel and the Secretary General of the WJC Israel Branch. From 2002-2007, he served as Israel’s ambassador to the European Union (covering NATO as well). Prior to that (1997-2000) he was Israel’s ambassador to Jordan, and head of Israel’s negotiations team with the Palestinians (1999-2000). Other previous positions include Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Deputy Chief of the Israeli embassy in Washington. Dr. Eran serves as an advisor to the Knesset Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs. He holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.

陈 岳(Chen Yue)
Professor andDean of School of International Studies at Renmin University of China. Vice Chairman of the Steering Committee of Subject of Political Science in Institution of Higher Learning at Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of National Colleges and University Seminar for International Politics, Special Counselor of China Center for Contemporary World Studies. His main research areas are theories and practices of International Relations, China’s foreign policies, big power relations. He has been awarded the special allowance of the State Councilthe Chinese Central Government.

Meir Litvak
Meir Litvak currently serves as the director of the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University and teaches there in the Dpt. Of Middle East history. Dr. Litvak has written numerous articles and books on modern Shi‘a and Iranian history, as well as on modern Islamic movements. He is the author of Shi’a Scholars of Nineteenth Century Iraq: The ‘Ulama’ of Najaf and Karbala’ (Cambridge University Press, 1998); and co-author of From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust (Columbia University Press, 2009) and of the forthcoming book Iran: from a Persian Empire to an Islamic Republic (Open University of Israel Press). In addition, he is the co-editor of Religious Fanaticism (Zalman Shazar Center, 2007); Palestinian Collective Memory and National Identity (Palgrave-McMillan); and The Sunna and Shi‘a in History Division and Ecumenism in Islam (Palgrave-McMillan, 2011). Dr. Litvak received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1991.

时殷弘(Shi Yinhong)
Counselor of the State Council of China, Professor of International Relations, Director of Academic Committee of SIS, Director of Center on American Studies at Renmin University of China in Beijing, with history and ideas of modern international relations, strategic studies, East Asian security, and foreign policies of China and the United States as his research and teaching field.He has been awarded the special allowance of the State Council by the Chinese Central Government.

Dr. Eran Lerman
Colonel (ret.) Dr. Eran Lerman is a distinguished Fellow at the Began Sadat Center for Strategic Research and the recent previous deputy National Security Council for foreign policy and international affairs in Israel. Between the 2001 and 2009 he was the Director of the American Jewish Committee Israel/Middle East Office. He previously served as the Assistant for Analyses to the Deputy Director for Intelligence Production at the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Directorate of Military Intelligence. Colonel (ret.) Lerman was a member of Israel’s arms control delegation to the Arab-Israeli peace talks from 1992 till 1995. He has a Ph.D. in History from the University of London, as well as a M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

金灿荣(Jin Canrong)
Professor and Deputy Dean of School of International Studies, director of Academic Council of Center for international energy strategy studies, deputy director of American Studies Center at Renmin University. He holds a concurrent post at China National Association for International Studies and being as the Vice Chairman. Contract Research Fellow at NPC Standing Committee, Center for China’s Peace and Development. His main research areas are U.S. political institutions and cultures, U.S. foreign policies, Sino-US relations and Power relations, as well as China’s foreign policies.

Boaz Ganor
Prof. Ganor is the Dean and the Ronald Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, as well as the Founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel. Prof. Ganor serves as the Founding President of the International Academic Counter-Terrorism Community (ICTAC), an international association of academic institutions, experts, and researchers in fields related to the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism.
Prof. Ganor has published numerous books, articles and essays on counter terror that are used in academic institutions worldwide. He previously held positions at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, the Hoover Institution (Koret Distinguished Visiting Fellow), the Monterey Institute of International Studies, MIPT (The National Memorial for the Prevention of Terrorism), Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University. He was also a member of the International Advisory Team of the Manhattan Institute (CTCT) to the New York Police Department (NYPD).
Prof. Ganor is a member of the International Advisory Council of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, The Republic of Singapore. He is also a co-founder of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR), a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania, USA; the Interdisciplinary Center, Israel; King’s College, London; and the Regional Center on Conflict Prevention (RCCP), Jordan. Since 2014, Prof. Ganor has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Advisory to the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP).

(刘青建) Liu Qingjian
Professor, School of International Studies in Renmin University of China. Member of the Third World Research Center of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Research Interests: International Relations Theory; The Politics and Economy of Developing Countries.

Zhang Qianhong
Prof. Zhang Qianhong is the vice president of Zhengzhou University and director of the Israel and Jewish Studies Programs at Henan University. Prof. Zhang is a member of the CPPCC (People’s Congress) and in 2000 spent one year at Bar-Ian University of Israel conducting Post-Doctoral research. Prof. Zhang has published more than 83 papers in academic journals of “World History” “World Nations” “Twenty-first Century” “West Asia and Africa” In 2006, she was the first Asian scholar who published an academic paper in Journal of Jewish Studies since its founding. Prof Zhang is a five time winner of the outstanding Social Sciences achievement award of Henan Province. She has won several Research Awards of provincial education department and Henan University. In 2008, upon the publishing of her book History of Israel, officially recognized by the Chinese governmnet, she was invited by Israel President Shimon Peres on the 60th anniversary of Israel’s National Day ceremony. Prof. Zhang published an updated version of her History of Israel in 2012. She serves as chairman of History Center of Henan Province oversees the National Social Science Significant Fund Project “Jewish General History”, National Social Science Fund Project “Jewish and Israeli monographic research”, Peking University Press Key project “history of the Jews”. Prof. Zhang is the Editor of China’s annual Israel Blue Book first published in 2015.

Ambassador Mismang
His Excellency Ambassador Mismang is the present South African Ambassador to China. Prior to his present appointment, he served as the ambassador to France and Monaco from 2010-2014, as well as the permanent delegate to UNESCO. He also served from 2006-2010 as an ambassador to Denmark and non-resident ambassador. From 1999-2006, he worked for seven years in the office of the Presidency within the Office of Deputy President and then as Deputy Director-General of Strategy and Operations.

Professor Sultan Ahamad Baheen
Professor Sultan Ahamad Baheen, born in 1956, presently serves as the director-general of the Department of Russia, China, Eurasia in the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He studied the law and the communication at Oxford University, and gained a bachelor’s degree. In 1990, he served as the director of the International Division in Payam Daily, and part-time in Kabul Weekly. From 1990 to 1996, he served as the Vice President of Afghanistan Bakhtar News Agency and President of Afghanistan Bakhtar News Agency from 2002 to 2006, during which, he acted as the president of Organising Committee on International News Media Diversification Development Forum from May to June in 2002, and consultant for international news on International News Media Diversification Development Forum from July to September in 2002. From September to November in 2004, he worked at Afghanistan Joint Election Management Institution for presidential election. From 2002 to 2005, he served as a spokesman consultant and news information officer at the United Nations Assistance Mission Communication and Public Information Office in Afghanistan. In 2006, he acted as a member of the Afghan National Media Law Revision Commission. From 2006 to 2009, he served as the Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman. From 2009 to 2013, he was the Afghan ambassador to China. He has served as the director-general of the Department of Russia, China, Eurasia in the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2013. Professor Sultan Ahamad Baheen is a famous expert on Islam, South Asia and the Middle East research. He has written many papers and reports and is familiar with Dari, Pashto, English, Arabic and French.

Professor Abdunabi Sattorov
Professor Abdunabi Sattorov, born in 1941, was former Deputy Foreign Minister of Tajikistan. Now he serves as an advisor on Afghanistan, Iran and the Islamic issues for the president of Tajikistan, Emomali Rahmon. He does research at Tajik Academy of Science. He is the director of the academic committee of National University of Tajikistan and also the professor of the School of International Relations. Professor Abdunabi Sattorov is a famous expert on Eurasian, South Asian, the Middle East and Islamic studies. He has published many books, and written many papers and reports. He is familiar with Russian, Tajik, Persian, Arabic and English.

ABOUT CMEAS

The “Center for Middle East and Africa Studies” (CMEAS), formed in 2014, is the first Chinese-Israeli established ME Research Center. Focusing on international relations and strategic analysis, CMEAS is based at the School of International Studies (SIS) at Renmin University and is the result of a cooperation between the university and SIGNAL. CMEAS combines the resources of Israel and China to create a world-class research center where leading Chinese and Israeli scholars and experts have the opportunity to collaborate with their counterparts from around the world on issues of mutual concern. As a university expected by the leadership to submit policy recommendations, Renmin University’s research centers have the potential to produce policy proposals for the decision makers in China and perhaps Israel, with the help of its Israeli Board of Advisors.

 

Dr. Cui Shoujun, Director of CMEAS 

cui-shoujunDr. Cui Shoujun is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at the School of International Studies at Renmin University of China (RUC), where he also heads the Center for Middle East and African Studies (CMEAS) established by SIGNAL.  He graduated from China Foreign Affairs University in 2006 where he received his PhD degree, and then joined the faculty of the Foreign Affairs Department at Renmin University’s School of International Studies. His research focuses on energy studies, China’s foreign policy, geopolitics, and developing countries (Middle East, Africa and Latin America). Dr. Cui was a EU Marie Curie scholar to several European Universities and a visiting scholar with the “International Visitor Leadership Program” (IVLP) to the U.S. Department of the State. He has published several books, numerous academic articles, and op-ed articles in both Chinese and English.

 

Ms. Carice Witte, Vice Director of CMEAS

Carice WitteMs. Carice Witte is a graduate of Yale University in East Asian Studies, focusing on China.  After working in film in China, in 1987 Ms. Witte made Aliya from the USA, pursuing a 20-year entrepreneurial career in international real estate and Israeli high-tech including electronic cash and internet security, working closely with European and UK banks including National Westminster Bank, Bank of Scotland, HSBC etc. This was followed by a career in real-estate in the Caribbean and Israel. Since founding SIGNAL in 2011, Ms. Witte has served as Executive Director, where she established an academic framework serving as a natural bridge between Israel and China. Ms. Witte initiated and headed the first China-Israel academic geopolitical event in Israel, hosting 14 leading Chinese scholars and experts in International Relations.  Through SIGNAL, she has been instrumental in advancing China’s understanding of Israel through the establishment of field of Israel Studies in China’s schools of higher education recognized by China’s Ministry and heading quarterly briefings and dialogues in Beijing between Israel scholars and experts and their counterparts who advise China’s decision-makers.

Israel Studies Programs

SIGNAL established the first Israel Studies Programs (ISPs) at universities in China. During 2011-2012, SIGNAL opened ISPs in cooperation with Sichuan International Studies University (SISU) in Chongqing, Henan University in Kaifeng, Shanghai International Studies University (SHISU) in Shanghai and Shihezi University in Shihezi, Xinjiang. Each program is customized to the specific character of the university and the province to engage students and faculty in the study of the modern State of Israel and its people in the most effective manner.

SIGNAL sponsored Israel Studies research paper competitions expose an ever-growing number of students to the modern Jewish State. For a full semester, under faculty supervised research, the students focus on a range of topics including Israel’s history, society, culture and politics.

Sichuan International Studies University:

The first Israel Studies research paper competition spanned from November 2010 to October 2011. Over 150 students submitted abstracts to participate in the competition. 76 were accepted. Each had a faculty supervisor. The event celebrating the competition winners took place in Oct. 2011.There were 26 winners – 1 first place – 10 second place and 15 third place winners.

ISU’s ISP in November 2012 held its second annual Israel Studies research paper competition and is currently planning its third research paper competition.

The ISP’s faculty includes professors and lecturers who studied at Bar Ilan University through SIGNAL’s ISP Lecturers’ Training Program in 2011 and 2012. Chen Guangmeng, who attended the Yad Vashem seminar and ISP training program in 2012, and Wu Bing, who attended in 2011, will start teaching at the SISU ISP in January 2013.

Lecturers at SISU last year included: Saul Singer, Ghil’ad Zuckermann, Elana Gomel, Yaakov Kirschen, and Joel Gereboff.
Henan University:

Henan University is located in East Central China, in Kaifeng, home to China’s ancient Jewish community established over one millennium ago. Henan is also home to China’s Hui Muslim minority. The university was formed at the turn of the century with the aim to train its students in Western thought and preparation for study abroad. Since the early 2000s, their main drive has been to further internationalize the university through student exchange. Today, it sends the most students of any university in China to overseas universities. Henan University has one of the country’s most successful Jewish Studies Programs. As in other universities, the Jewish Studies program plays a fundamental role in providing a structure for the nascent ISP.
Shanghai International Studies University:

SHISU’s ISP is built on a strongly established Jewish Studies program. Israel Studies therefore can quickly gain traction as they are building on an existing awareness of the Jewish people. During the Spring semester of 2013, SHISU will conduct a SIGNAL sponsored weekly lecture series; a different Chinese, Shanghai based scholar will give a talk each week on Israel Studies. All the scholars have studied in Israel and will lecture on topics specific to their research of Israel Studies. Scholars include: Liang Pingan and Niu Song from SHISU; Jin Liangxiang from Shanghai Institute for International Studies(SIIS); and Yu Weidong, Wang Shuming and Wang Zhen from Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.
Shihezi University:

The 1st Israel Studies Essay Competition spanned the entire fall semester with the award ceremony being held on Nov. 21st. Over 60 students attended the award ceremony and 29 papers were submitted.

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