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Research Fellow

Michael Koplow is a Senior Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and the Chief Policy Officer of the Israel Policy Forum. Before coming to Israel Policy Forum, he was the founding Program Director of the Israel Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, where he specialized in political development and ideology, and the politics of Middle Eastern states. He writes Israel Policy Forum’s weekly Koplow Column and edits the Israel Policy Exchange, which is a leading source for commentary and analysis on Israel and American Jewry, and his work regularly appears in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, and the Forward, among other publications. In addition to his Ph.D., he holds a B.A. from Brandeis University, a J.D. from New York University, and an A.M. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.

Jul 22, 2024

Exploring the relationship between liberalism and pluralism.

Michael Koplow


Apr 26, 2023

As Israel turns 75, one could reasonably argue that it has had the most impressive first three-quarters of a century of any state on Earth.

Jan 5, 2023

Smotrich has no intention of “bringing Israel more closely in line with the liberal American model” but is looking to craft a new and distinctly Israeli model.

Dec 15, 2022

The replacement of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid’s government with the incoming far-right government led by Binyamin Netanyahu makes for the creation of an easy contrast.

Dec 8, 2022

Unlike the blunt force of previous annexation attempts, the new approach is much smarter by being more tactical.

Nov 10, 2022

Nov 3, 2022

Election days are not only about choosing a government and representatives. They are also celebrations of democracy, as they should be.

Sep 29, 2022

One week ago, Yair Lapid addressed the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as the prime minister of Israel.

Sep 22, 2022

The party lists for Knesset elections contained one surprising result: three predominantly Arab parties that had run together in previous elections were no longer united.

Sep 16, 2022

Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich predicted that ultranationalist Meir Kahane acolyte Itamar Ben Gvir was destined for the upper echelon of Israeli politics.

Sep 1, 2022

As the “will they or won’t they” speculation around a potential U.S. return to the Iran deal reaches a fever pitch, it’s impossible not to be rocketed back in time to 2015

Aug 17, 2022

Two prominent political developments in Israel received a lot of attention over the past two weeks given their importance for the potential formation of the next government.

Aug 11, 2022

It is safe to say that Operation Breaking Dawn stands as one of Israel’s most successful confrontations in Gaza in the past 15 years.

Jul 28, 2022

Russia’s efforts to use its Jewish citizens as pawns in a diplomatic dispute with Israel place the practical implications of Zionism in a stark light.

Jul 11, 2022

The US president should legitimize the core narratives of each side and reiterate that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a conflict of dueling nationalities.

Jun 24, 2022

Mijal Bitton, Michael Koplow, Dahlia Scheindlin

Robert P. Kogod Annual Lecture

Jun 2, 2022

Nationalism is one of the most powerful political and ideological forces that exists, so it is no surprise that flags are potent symbols.

Apr 8, 2022

Many assume that this means the imminent return of Netanyahu but things are actually a lot more complicated than they seem at first glance.

Dec 2, 2021

Hanukkah is a stark example of the differences between American Jews and Israeli Jews. It also provides a handy model for how that divide can be appropriately bridged.

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