Samuel (Muli) Peleg- Bio
Dr. Samuel(Muli) Peleg is the Director of the International School at Oranim College and a Member of the Board of Directors ofHillel Israel, for the advancement of Jewish Peoplehood among Israeli students.He is a political sociologist trained in the fields of comparative politics andinternational relations. His areas of expertise are peace-building &reconciliation, social sustainability, justice & human rights, and conflictresolution. His research focuses on intercultural and interfaith dialogue indeeply divided communities. Dr. Peleg participated in various ongoing workshopsand training sessions at the UN as well developing relations with leadinguniversities in Japan, Germany, France and Israel/Palestine, where he regularlysent his students for internships and research.
Dr. Peleg taughtat the Peace and Justice Studies Program of Fordham University and at the RutgersUniversity Business School. Between 2010-2013 he was a visiting faculty memberat the negotiation and conflict resolution program (NECR) at ColumbiaUniversity. He is the author of several books and articles, among them are Spreading the Wrath of God: From Gush Emunimto Rabin Square (1997, Hebrew), Zealotryand Vengeance- quest of Religious Identity Group (2002, Lexington Books); If Words Could Kill: the Failure of PublicDiscourse in Israel (2003, Hebrew University Press), Fighting Terrorism in the Liberal State (2006, IOS Press) and Interculturaland Interfaith Dialogue for Peace (IGI Press 2019).
Dr. Peleg has anextensive practical experience as a negotiator and peace-maker in addition tohis academic career. His main focus is on intercultural and interfaith dialoguein deeply-divided societies. In this capacity, Dr. Peleg led a team of expertsin a Columbia University funded project in the town of Ramla (2011-2013), whichbrought together Jewish and Arab community leaders in an effort to establish ashared identity. Similar projects were pursued by Dr. Peleg and his team inCypress, Tanzania and the Basque Country. In 2005, Dr. Peleg was invited as oneof the Academia experts who participated in the Club de Madrid foundinggathering. In 2003, Dr. Peleg was afounding member of One Voice, an organization which promotesreconciliation between the various factions of the Israeli society as well asbetween Israelis and Palestinians.
Dr. Peleg served as a top advisor onleadership and negotiations to the Peres Center for Peace. In this capacity hehad taken part in several rounds of peace negotiations between Israelis andPalestinians as well as Israelis and Jordanians. He has also counseled thePrime Minister’s office, the Foreign Office and the National Security Council.
In the US, Dr.Peleg has worked with the Martin Luther King Foundation and their social initiativebranch--Realizing the Dream on social justice projects. He is involved withintercultural and interfaith dialogue initiatives in the Middle East and Africawith the Counter Extremism Project.
Lastly, Muliwrites poetry. He published three award winning poetry books, all in Hebrew,the last one came out this January. He has a wife, Tzofnat, and two daughtersEfrat and Ad-El.
2019 Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue for GlobalPeace. IGI Press.
2006 Fighting Terrorism in the Liberal State: AMulti-variant Approach (Wilhelm Kempf, co
ed.) Amsterdam, NL: IOS Press.
2003 If Words Could Kill: the Failure of theIsraeli Political Discourse. Jerusalem: Academon
2002 Zealotry and Vengeance: Quest of aReligious Identity Group. Lanham MD: Lexington
1997 Spreading the Wrath of God: From GushEmunim to Rabin Square. Hakkibutz Hameuhad,
2020 Conflict and Resolution: The Mirror Image. In Conflict Resolution Quarterly,
forthcoming, July 2020.
2015 Right of Center - Rearranging the Israeli Political Map: A Review Article. Israel Studies
2015 Quintessential Intractability: Attractors and Barriers in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,
Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution 15(4):543-583.
2014 Communities and Communication: the Inexorable Affiliation between People and how they
Converse, Constructing Communication, Vol1(1), April.
2014 Despair on the Sand’s Boundaries: Politics and Poetry in Prevert and Sivan’s Works,
Israel Affairs, Vol.20(2): 195-213.
2013 The Journalistic Discourse around the Palestinian Independent State (with Eitan Alimi), in
W. Kempf and D. Shinar (eds.) Peace Journalism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Berlin, GE: Regener Press.
2012 The Consuming Fire: the Uneasy Nexus between Religion and Violence- a Review Article
Politics and Religion (May) vol. 3, no.3, pp. 16-22.
2011 In Search of Substantial Community: Israeli Society and the Merit of Normative Dialogue,
Studies in Language and Society: special issue (Dalia Gavriely editor), July, pp. 5-14.
2010 The barriers approach to the Palestinian-Israeli peace process Journal of Law and Conflict
Resolution. Vol. 2, no.7 (August), pp. 108-115.
2010 Normative dialogue in a multi-cultural community: an analytical and practical model,
Peace Studies Journal, vol. 3, no. 2 (July), pp. 33-48.
2009 A Normative Dialogue in a Multi-Cultural Setting: Challenges and Implications.
Organizational Analysis, vol. 13 July.
2008 War Journalism as Media Manipulation: Seesawing between the Second Lebanon War and
The Iranian Nuclear Threat. Peace and Policy, vol. 13, spring, pp. 62-72 (with Lea
2008 Political Violence in Israel-- Preparing for the Worse: Critique of Internal War. Israeli
Sociology, vol.23, no. 2, June 2008 (Hebrew).
2007 “In Defense of Peace Journalism: a Rejoinder” Conflict and Communication, vol. 6, no. 1.
2006 Peace Journalism through the Lenses of Conflict Theory: Analysis and Practice. Conflict &
Communication online: 5(2); April.
2005 A Palestinian state -yes or no?: Constructing Political Discourse in The Israeli Print News
Media – An Experimental Design. Conflict and Communication, vol. 3, no. 4, October.
2003 One’s Terrorist is Another’s Blockbuster: Political Terrorism in American Versus
European Films. New England Journal of Politics, vol. 1, no. 1, September, pp. 18-29.
CHAPTERS IN BOOKS
2020 Normative Dialogue: The Key to Sustainable Communities. In Mali Nevo (ed.)-
Sustainable Communities- Theory and Practice. London: Polity, forthcoming, June 2020.
2020 Armageddon Now: Messianism and the Pursuit of Redemption through Violence and
Terrorism. in Search for Meaning in the Israeli Scene Ofra Mayseless and Pninit Russo-
Netzer (eds.), Oxford University Press, forthcoming August 2020.
2018 Media as Conflict Environment: Peace Journalism and the De-Escalation of Strife, in
Inceo?lu Y. & T. Filibeli (editors) Peace Journalism as ‘A Peace keeping agent’ at the
Time of Conflict. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Brill Publishers.
2015 Acculturation and Joint Identity: Cultivating Leadership and Cross-Cultural
Communication in a Divided Community in Nancy D. Erbe and Anthony H. Normore
(eds.) Cross-Cultural Collaboration and Leadership in Modern Organizations. Hershey,
Pennsylvania: IGI Global.
2011 Judaism, Zionism and Israel Entries in Juergensmeyer Mark (ed.) Encyclopedia of Global
Religion, London: Sage.
2009 Israeli Protest: Mothers, Reservists and Framing Processes in H. Zubida and D. Mekleberg
(eds.), Israeli Democracy at 60: Reality and Vision. Tel Aviv: Academon, pp. 215-242.
2008 It Seems that we are Captured in the Heat of Combat, in W. Kempf (ed.), The Peace
Journalism Controversy. Berlin, Regener, pp. 104-116.
2007 Peace Journalism and Conflict Theory, in D. Shinar (ed.), Peace Journalism: the State of
the Art. Berlin: Regener, pp. 26-52.
INVITED PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS
Conflict Resolution Training Sessions and Negotiation Role-Playing Simulations:
JSA Special course and training workshop, July 2016, Georgetown University.
Columbia University, School of Continuing Education, May 2012.
The IDC School of Government, April 2010.
Rutgers University, Department of Political Science, March, 2009.
Stanford University, the Stanford Center for International Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (SCICN), April, 2007.
The Madrid Club, A delegate to the World Assembly on extremism and Counter-
Terrorism, October 2005.
Cyprus Committee on Foreign Relations, Nicosia, Cyprus, October 2005.
The NATO Committee on Extremism and Violence. An expert participants, Prague,
Invited Guest Speaker, Faculty Research Seminars:
The Intangibilities of Conflict Resolution. The Monthly Colloquium, John Jay College,
New York. January 2017.
Comparative Political Systems in Theory and Practice. Guest Speaker, the Leadership
Program, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. November 2016.
The Middle East Conflict. Rutgers University’s Alumni Association. February 2013.
Conflict Resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. AC4 Annual Meeting, Teachers’ College, Columbia University, June 2011.
The Social Protest in Israel. The Israeli economic Forum, September 2011.
Middle-East Politics Week, William Paterson University, New Jersey, April 2010.
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Diagnosis and Prognosis. The Orfalea Center for Global Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara, June 2008.
Nonviolence as Strategy for Conflict Resolution. The Peres center for Peace, Tel Aviv, June 2008.
Peace Activism: Theoretical and Practical Approaches. One Voice Annual Board Meeting. Jerusalem, Israel, May 2008.
Barriers to Palestinian-Israeli Peace Accord. Al-Kuds University, East Jerusalem, The Palestinian Authority. April, 2007.
The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: First Hand witness. Political Science Department, University of California, Davis. Davis, CA, April, 2006.
The One Voice Global Annual Conference, London, UK, May 2004 (presentation at the House of Lords).
Political Activism: Ideology and Practice. Hampshire and Smith Colleges Faculty Annual Meeting, June 2003.
Conflict Resolution: Strategic, Judicial and Moral Aspects. Tulsa University College of Law, Tulsa, OK, April 2001.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Past, present, Possible Future. Department of Government, Tulsa University, Tulsa, OK, April 2001.
2019 Globalization and World Order, The UnitedNations, New York, Committee on
International conflict resolution.
2019 New Visions of world Peace. FordhamUniversity, Cyber-conference of International
2018 International politics in the Age of Trump,Fordham University, Foreign Relations
2017 Extremism and Counter-Extremism, ColumbiaUniversity, AC4 Conference.
2016 Leadership and Peace-Making. The Givat HavivaAnnual Conference. Haifa University,
Israel. May 2016.
2015 Peace-Building and Development: Moving towardDialogue in Multicultural Societies.
The Cardozo School of Law ConflictResolution Conference, New York, New York.
2015 Youth and the Allure of Terrorism. KeynotePresentation at the UN and Global Studies
Program Annual Conference, RutgersUniversity, October 20-15.
2015 Comparative Analysis of Peace Movements. TheRitsumeikan Peace Forum. Ritsumeikan
University, Kyoto, Japan, July 2015.
2014 The Arab Spring Has Gone Sour: Destructiveand Constructive Stages in Popular
Uprising. Presented at the AC4Conference, Columbia University, New York, April 2104.
2013 Conflict Resolutionin Shifting Circumstances. Presented at the AC4 Conference.
Columbia University, New York, April2103.
2012 PracticalImplementation of CMM (Coordinated Management of Meaning): The Ramla
Case. Presented at the CMM AnnualConference. Phoenix, Arizona, November, 2012.
2012 QuintessentialIntractability: Barriers and Attractors In the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.
Presented at the Cardozo Law School'sConflict Resolution Annual Symposium 2012.
2012 Seeking a NormativeDialogue for a Substantial Community: From Basics to Practice.
Presented at the Research Conferenceon Decision-making, Framing and Negotiations,
The IDC, Israel, April 2012.
2011 The Arab Spring andIsrael: Possible Implications. Presented at the AIS (Association of
Israel studies) Annual meeting,Brandeis University, Mass, May 2011.
2010 Normative Dialogue:Theory and Practice. Presented at the ADR (Alternative Dispute
Resolution) Association AnnualMeeting, Boston, 2010.
2008 Israeli Society andCulture at 60. Presented at the AIS (Association for Israel Studies)
Annual Conference, 2008, New York.
2008 60 years ofIndependence through the Lenses of Israeli Cinema. Presented at the Israel
Studies Association Annual Meeting,2008,New York.
2007 Bridging the Divide:A Model to Resolve Culturally-Based Conflicts. Presented at the
Istanbul Conference on Democracy andGlobal Security (Best Paper Award).
2007 Social Movements inIsrael: Rise and Demise. Presented at the ASA Annual Meeting,
2007, Chicago, USA.
2006 War Journalism asMedia Manipulation: Seesawing between the Second Lebanon War and
the Iranian Nuclear Threat.. Presentedat the TODA Peace Research Annual Meeting,
2006 The PoliticalProtest in Israel: the Case of the Four Mothers Movement. Presented at the
International SociologicalAssociation, RC 48, 2006, Pizza, Italy.
2005 The Roots andDynamics of Religiously Motivated Terrorism. Presented at the Madrid
Club Congress on Democracy andTerrorism, 2005, Madrid.
2005 Fighting Terrorismin the Liberal State: Analysis and Prospects. Presented at the NATO
Advance Research Workshop, 2005,Konstanz, Germany.
2005 Peace Journalism:Three Cases of Conflict Coverage.Presented at the TODA Peace
Research Annual Meeting, 2005, Madrid,Spain.
2005 The Hardships of theSociopolitical Discourse in Israel. Presented at the APSA Annual
Meeting, 2005, Washington DC.
2004 Culture, Communicationand Political Extremism in a New Era. Presented at the
International SociologicalAssociation, RC 48, 2004, Helsinki, Finland.
2004 Conflict Resolutionand Peace Journalism: Converging Perspectives. Presented at the
TODA Peace Research Annual meeting,Budapest, Hungary.
2004 If Words Could Kill:Why is the Political Discourse in Israel Waning. Presented at the
Language and Society Association,2004, Haifa University.
2003 Religious Violenceand Terrorism. Presented at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop,
January 2003, Prague, Czech Republic.
2003 Political Violencein the Eye of News Media: Comparative Assessment between Three
Cases. Presented at the ISA AnnualMeeting, 2003, Chicago, IL.
2002 One’s Terrorist isAnother’s Blockbuster: Political Terrorism in American Versus
European Films. Presented at the APSAAnnual Meeting, 2002, Boston MA.
2001 New PoliticalTerrorism: Lessons of 9/11. Presented at the IDC conference on Terrorism.