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Co-Director, Columbia University Center for the Study of Human Rights

April 23rd, 2010

Area of Expertise: Law and Human Rights, Minority Rights, War and Conflict
Geographical Expertise - Region: North Africa and Middle East, North America
Geographical Expertise - Country: Israel, Palestine
Language: English
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist, Think tank/Research center
City: New York
Country: USA
Continent: North America

Email: elazar.barkan@theglobalexperts.org

Elazar Barkan Elazar BarkanElazar Barkan is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is a frequent commentator on issues related to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

He is the former chair of the history and cultural studies departments at Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles, and was the founding Director of the Humanities Center.

Professor Barkan’s research interests focus on the role of history in contemporary society and politics, with particular emphasis on the response to gross historical crimes and injustices, and human rights. His recent books include The Guilt of Nations: Restitution and Negotiating Historical Injustices (2000); Claiming the Stones/Naming the Bones: Cultural Property and the Negotiation of National and Ethnic Identity, (an edited volume with Ronald Bush, Getty, 2003); Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (an edited volume with Alexander Karn, Stanford University Press, 2006).

In addition Professor Barkan is founding Director of the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation at the Salzburg Seminar. The IHJR promotes reconciliation in societies divided by historical conflicts and human rights abuses. Working with educational and public policy communities, the IHJR organizes and sponsors historical dialogues in pursuit of accountability, acknowledgement, and the resolution of historical disputes that inflame and aggravate contemporary conflict, thereby promoting tolerance and reconciliation. The IHJR aims to turn historical dialogue into a fundamental tool of political reconciliation.

He received his PhD from Brandeis University in Comparative European History and BA from Tel Aviv University.

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