Kenneth W. Stein

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Kenneth W. Stein (born in 1946 Hempstead, New York) is an American historian and politologist. Stein is William E. Schatten Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies and Director of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel of Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has taught since 1977 and where he "founded and developed the International Studies Center, was the first director of the Carter Center (1983-1986), established the Middle East Research Program (1992) and the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (1997)."[1]

Kenneth W. Stein's parents - Mathilde (Tillie) Wertheim Stein, teacher of foreign language,originated from Hessen, and Max Kaufmann Stein, accountant, were Jews who emigrated to U.S. from Germany after Hitler's ascension to power.

The Institute for the Study of Modern Israel[edit]

According to the website of the organization, which Stein founded and directs, "Established in 1998, the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI) is an inter-disciplinary and non-degree conferring unit of Emory University. ISMI is situated within the Institute for Jewish Studies. It promotes teaching, research and learning that focuses on Israeli culture, foreign policy, history, society, and politics."[2]

The Carter Center[edit]

At the Carter Center, from November 6 to 9, 1983, Stein directed a conference on the Middle East called "Middle East Consultation: Five Years After Camp David."[3] He was "appointed Carter Center Middle East Fellow in 1983."[3] As appointed by Emory University, he directed the Center from December 1983 through June 1986 and advised President Carter on the Middle East (page 6 of Stein's CV). Stein was a Carter Center monitor of the Palestinian Presidential and Legislative Council elections in January 1996. Stein remained Middle East Fellow of the Carter Center until the publication of Carter's book Palestine Peace Not Apartheid resigning in December 2006.

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid, by Jimmy Carter[edit]

Stein resigned from his position as Middle East Fellow of the Carter Center in December 2006. In his subsequent public lectures and media appearances, Stein, who "made Middle East trips with Carter in 1983, 1987 and 1990, [and] was "partner" with Carter in writing an earlier Middle East volume, The Blood of Abraham, published in 1985", has criticized Carter's book for what he alleges are its multiple errors and omissions.[4]

Stein's detailed review of the book appears in the Middle East Quarterly.[5]

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ Kenneth W. Stein faculty webpage hosted on the website of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel (ISMI) at Emory University. For other professional and biographical details, see Stein's ISMI ""Bio-Sketch".
  2. ^ "About the Institute." Accessed February 5, 2007.
  3. ^ a b See "Timeline and History of The Carter Center": 1981-1989.
  4. ^ Rebecca Trounson, "Former Aide Criticizes Carter Over Mideast Book: In L.A., Kenneth Stein Says 'falsehoods' in Book on Mideast Prompted His Resignation", Los Angeles Times January 13, 2007, accessed January 13, 2007.
  5. ^ Kenneth W. Stein, "My Problem with Jimmy Carter's Book," Middle East Quarterly 14.2 (March 2007). Accessed February 5, 2007.

'Making Peace Between Arabs and Israelis: Fifty Years of Negotiating Experience', United States Institute for Peace, 1991; and 'Heroic Diplomacy: Sadat, Kissinger, Carter, Begin and the Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace', Routledge, 1999


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