Mitchell Geoffrey Bard (//) 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.
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). His dissertation was on "the limits to domestic influence on U.S. Middle East Policy." 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.
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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.
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In 2012, Bard took a place at the Israeli Presidential Conference. In 2013, he was placed on the Algemeiner's list of the Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life for his work. Bard lives in Maryland with his wife and two sons.
- 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
- "How the Palestinian Arabs Became Refugees", Discovery (Spring 1981)
- "Ideology and Depression Politics I: Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)", Presidential Studies Quarterly (Winter 1985)
- "The Turning Point in United States Relations with Israel: The 1968 Sale of Phantom Jets", Middle East Review (Summer 1988)
- "Interest Groups, the President, and Foreign Policy: How Reagan Snatched Victory From the Jaws of Defeat on AWACS", Presidential Studies Quarterly (Summer 1988)
- "The Evolution of Israel’s Africa Policy", Middle East Review (Winter 1988)
- "How Fares The Camp David Trio?" Orbis (Fall 1990)
- "Behind the Wire" (film review), The Public Historian (Winter 1996)
- "How Special is the U.S.-Israel Relationship?" with Daniel Pipes, Middle East Quarterly (June 1997)
- "Deconstructing George W. Bush’s Middle East Strategy", Perspectives: An Israel Review (Brown University, Fall 2003, Vol. I, Issue 1)
- "Academic Freedom as a Shield for Anti-Semitism", The Journal of the James Madison Institute (Summer 2005)
Studies published by AICE
- "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"
- "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]
- "Mitchell G. Bard". C-SPAN. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "MITCHELL G. BARD · FULL BIOGRAPHY". Zola Books. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- 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
- Website of Mitchell Bard.
- "Introducing Dr. Mitchell Bard, Middle East Expert". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "An Interview with Author Mitchell Bard at the Israeli Presidential Conference 2012". Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- "Algemeiner Jewish 100: The Full List". The Algemeiner. April 25, 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
- The Founding of the State of Israel - About the Editor pg 121