Mitchell Bard

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Mitchell Geoffrey Bard (/bɑrd/) is an American foreign policy analyst, editor and author who specializes in U.S.–Middle East policy. He is the Executive Director of the non-profit American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE), and the director of the Jewish Virtual Library.[1]


Bard received his Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, his Master's in public policy from Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[2] His dissertation was on "the limits to domestic influence on U.S. Middle East Policy."[3] He held a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, Irvine from 1986 to 1987, researching the rescue by Israel of Ethiopian Jews from the Sudan, known as Operation Moses.[4]

Media career[edit]

Bard has written and edited many books, and his work has been published in academic journals and major newspapers. Bard is a former editor of the Near East Report, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's ("AIPAC") weekly newsletter on U.S.-Middle East policy. Before working for the AIPAC, he was a polling analyst for the George (H.W.) Bush for President Survey Research Group during the 1988 presidential election. He has been interviewed on Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, Al-Jazeera, The Jenny Jones Show and other media outlets.[5]

Views and opinions[edit]


In 2012, Bard took a place at the Israeli Presidential Conference.[6] In 2013, he was placed on the Algemeiner's list of the Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life for his work.[7] Bard lives in Maryland with his wife and two sons.[8]

Published work[edit]


  • Death to the Infidels: Radical Islam's War Against the Jews, 2014
  • After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine (novel), 2013
  • Israel Studies: An Anthology. Co-editor with David Nachmias 2013
  • Israel Matters - Understand the Past - Look to the Future, 2012
  • Myths and Facts: A Guide to the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 2011
  • The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America's Interests in the Middle East, 2011
  • 48 Hours of Kristallnacht: Night of Destruction / Dawn of the Holocaust, 2010
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to World War II, Third Edition 2010
  • On One Foot: A Middle East Guide for the Perplexed or How to Respond on Your Way to Class When Your Best Friend Joins an Anti-Israel Protest, 2008
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Middle East Conflict, Fourth Edition 2008
  • Will Israel Survive? 2007
  • 1001 Facts Everyone Should Know About Israel, with Moshe Schwartz, 2005
  • The Founding of Israel, 2003
  • The Nuremberg Trials (ed), Eyewitness to History series, 2002
  • From Tragedy to Triumph: The Politics behind the Rescue of Ethiopian Jewry, 2002
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding the Brain, with Arthur Bard, 2002
  • The Nuremberg Trials (ed), At Issue in History series, 2001
  • The Complete History of the Holocaust, 2000
  • Turning Points in World History - The Holocaust, 2000
  • Building Bridges: Lessons For America From Novel Israeli Approaches To Promote Coexistence, 1997
  • Forgotten Victims: The Abandonment of Americans in Hitler's Camps, 1996
  • Partners for Change: How U.S.-Israel Cooperation Can Benefit America, 1993
  • Myths And Facts: A Concise Record of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, with Joel Himmelfarb, 1992
  • The Water's Edge And Beyond: Defining the Limits to Domestic Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy, 1991
  • U.S.-Israel Relations: Looking to the Year 2000, 1991

Journal articles[edit]

Studies published by AICE[edit]

  • "Learning Together: Israeli Innovations in Education that Could Benefit Americans"
  • "Experience Counts: Innovative Programs For The Elderly In Israel That Can Benefit Americans"
  • "Good Medicine: Israeli Innovations In Health Care That Could Benefit Americans"
  • "Breakthrough Dividend: Israeli Innovations In Biotechnology That Could Benefit Americans"
  • "Rewriting History in Textbooks"
  • "Tenured or tenuous: Defining the Role of Faculty in Supporting Israel on Campus"

Book reviews[edit]

  • "Review of Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of Ethiopian Jews by Stephen Spector", Middle East Quarterly, (Spring 2006)
  • "Review of Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present" by Michael B. Oren, Israel Studies (Summer 2008)[clarification needed]


  1. ^ "Mitchell G. Bard". C-SPAN. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "MITCHELL G. BARD · FULL BIOGRAPHY". Zola Books. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Lee Smith: The Arab Lobby; A new book explores the ‘petrodiplomatic complex’ and Saudi influence on U.S. foreign policy. Tablet Magazine, September 1, 2010
  4. ^ Website of Mitchell Bard.
  5. ^ "Introducing Dr. Mitchell Bard, Middle East Expert". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "An Interview with Author Mitchell Bard at the Israeli Presidential Conference 2012". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Algemeiner Jewish 100: The Full List". The Algemeiner. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  8. ^ The Founding of the State of Israel - About the Editor pg 121

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