KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 16, 2001 -- Nimrod Barkan, a senior Israeli diplomat who has participated in numerous negotiations with the PLO will speak in two of political scientist Marc Genests classes at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The classes will be held in the Independence Auditorium, Kingston Campus. The public is welcome.
Barkan has an extensive and distinguished career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he has worked for more than 20 years. His areas of expertise are focused on Israeli relations with the United States, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, as well as strategic and military issues.
Barkan began his career in the Foreign Ministry as the Israeli Consul in Philadelphia. He then went on to serve as a Senior Researcher at the Center for Political Research in the U.S. Affairs Department in the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
From 1985-1987 Barkan was the Political Counselor at the Embassy of Israel in Cairo. The following two years he served as Deputy Director of the Foreign Ministers Bureau in Jerusalem, before assuming the position of director of the Egypt Division in the Foreign Ministry from 1988-1990.
After spending the next two years as a faculty member at the National Defense College, he returned to the United States, first as Minister of Public Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, and later as the Consul General in San Francisco between 1992-1997.
Barkan served as the liaison for Special Defense Projects at the Ministry of Defense from 1997-1998 and Division Director in the Department for Arms Control and Regional Security at the Foreign Ministry from 1998 to 1999. From 1999 to 2000 he was Division Director of the Palestinian Authority Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Director of the Peace Negotiation Administration in the Prime Ministers Office.
He is currently the department director of the Department of Strategic and Socioeconomic Affairs at the Center for Policy Research in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.
Between 1883-1985 and 1988-1990 Barkan was an instructor of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received a B.A. in International Relations and History and an M.A. in International Relations, both with distinction, at the Hebrew University.