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Alfred Stepan, PhD Biography

Late Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“A symmetrical peace between Israel and Palestine would, by contrast, incite much less Islamic resistance. A symmetrical peace agreement might also contribute to a new dynamic in Jordan and Egypt, namely re-liberalization of society. Palestine and its immediate neighbors have their best opportunity in thirty years to produce democratic states. They can do so if they seize the current opening, and if the international community intensifies its support for an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict.”

“Palestine Holds the Key to a True Democracy in the Arab World,” Taipei Times, Apr. 19, 2005

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government, Columbia University (Research interests include comparative politics, theories of democratic transitions, federalism, and the world’s religious systems and democracy)
  • Member of the British Academy, 1997-2017
  • Fellow at American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1991-2017
  • Gladstone Professor of Government and Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University, 1996-99
  • First Rector and President at Central European University (Budapest, Prague, and Warsaw), 1993-96
  • Professor of Political Science, Yale University, 1976-82
  • Former Special Correspondence, Economist
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1969
  • MA, Balliol College, Oxford (UK), 1960
  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1958
  • Died Sep. 27, 2017