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Amir Taheri Biography

Title:
Iranian writer and commentator on Middle East affairs
Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The next Israeli government’s key task is to start by creating one of the two proposed states: The State of Israel in its definitive shape. Once that is done the creation of the second, the Palestinian one, might require the cooperation of the international community. The areas left under the Palestinian Authority, now dominated by Hamas, could revert to the UN mandate under a revised version of the rules in force in 1947. The new Israeli leadership would be wise to offer the Palestinians something that at least a substantial number of them can accept, and not a version of Bantustans that few Palestinians would be prepared to swallow.”

“Israel May Impose a Victor’s Peace on Palestinians,” Arab News, Apr. 1, 2006

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Iranian writer and commentator on Middle East affairs
  • Columnist for the pan-Arab daily Asharq Alawsat and its sister daily Arab News, 1987-present
  • Contributor to the German weekly Focus
  • Commentator for CNN and frequently interviewed by other media including the BBC and the RFI
  • Wrote for multiple British newspapers including the Daily Times, and contributed to the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, and the Daily Mail
  • Editorial writer for the German daily Die Welt, 1989-1995
  • Member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute (IPI), 1984-1992
  • Editor-in-chief of Jeune Afrique, the French weekly specialising in Africa, 1984-1987
  • Middle East editor for the London Sunday Times, 1980-1984
  • Written for publications including Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung in Germany, La Repubblica in Italy, L’Express, Politique Internationale and Le Nouvel Observateur in France, and El Mundo in Spain
  • Executive editor-in-chief of Kayhan, Iran’s main daily newspaper, 1972-1979
  • Member of Benador Associates, (New York-based public relations firm)
  • In 1988 Publishers’ Weekly in New York chose his study of Islamist terrorism, Holy Terror, as one of The “Best Books of The Year”
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for International Political and Economic Studies (IIPES), 1975-1980
Education:
  • Educated in Tehran, London, and Paris, schools unknown
Other:
  • Born in Iran
Quoted in:
  1. Is Islam Compatible with Democracy?