Eliana Benador

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Eliana Benador (also Eleana Benador) is a Swiss writer and commentator on international affairs, science and robotics, artificial intelligence. Benador is also a consultant and global strategist. As head of Benador Associates, she was the publicist for American and Middle-eastern neo-conservatives.[1] Through the development of Benador Associates, Benador promoted national security policies advocated by the Bush administration concerning Iraqi regime change, the Iraq War, and hard-line attitudes toward Iran.[1][2] As of 2007, Benador had closed Benador Associates and opened a new firm, Benador Public Relations.

Career[edit]

Benador studied linguistics, psychology and political science at the Sorbonne and the Université Catholique de Lille[when?]. Following university, she worked as an editor for the Peruvian Times and as a translator at the United Nations in Vienna.[3] In 2000, Benador joined the Middle East Forum, an American conservative[4] think tank, to work as the associate director of, and in charge of the expansion of, the Middle East Forum in New York, and she also was the media liaison of its founder Daniel Pipes. Benador left the MEF after eighteen months because of conflicts with Pipes.[3] According to Pipes, they came to a mutual and amicable "understanding that she would do better on her own."[3]

In October 2001, Benador began her own public relations firm, Benador & Associates. After signing former C.I.A. director James Woolsey and Daily News columnist A.M. Rosenthal, Benador's firm built a clientele of American neo-conservatives. Benador was criticized for "acting as a kind of public-relations firm for the war."[3][5]

Thereafter, Benador worked in various capacities in the Arab Muslim world, most notably in Dubai where she instituted the "Guru of the Day" events series and was instrumental in the creation of the Arab Strategy Forum as well as in the Young Arab Leaders. In Abu Dhabi, Benador was twice the publicist for The Arab Broadcast Forum.

In 2008, she attended as a guest at the Nobel Prize award ceremony, representing the Gulf News of Dubai, in her capacity as contributor.

In January 2011, Benador was appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the Shomron (Samaria) Liaison Office in the U.S. and Europe. In that capacity, she addressed the Rally in Support of Israel across the Israel Consulate in New York City, offering proportional comparison by population of the United States to the numbers of Israeli victims of terrorist attacks; according to Benador the 1,200 Israelis victimized from 2000 to 2010 would correspond to 50,297 Americans, while the 8,342 wounded would compare to 350,000.[6]

Benador is a prolific writer, not only in political and international affairs, but reports as well on the advancement of new PTSD treatments as well as artificial intelligence. She is currently a contributor to Glenn Beck's The Blaze <http://www.theblaze.com/author/eliana-benador/>. She also publishes her articles in her own website <http://www.elianabenador.com>

Selected articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lobe, Jim, The Andean Condor among the Hawks, Asian Times, August 15, 2003
  2. ^ Cohler-Esses, Larry Bunkum From Benador, The Nation, July 3, 2006
  3. ^ a b c d Hagan, Joe, She's Richard Perle's Oyster, The New York Observer, April 6, 2003
  4. ^ MacFarquhar, Neil, Scrutiny Increases for a Group Advocating for Muslims in U.S. The New York Times, March 14, 2007
  5. ^ Whitaker, Brian Conflict and catchphrases, The Guardian, February 24, 2003
  6. ^ Domnitch, Larry, New York rally: Israel has rights too , Arutz Sheva, March 28, 2011