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Alan Elsner is Executive Director of the Americas for The Israel Project. Prior to joining TIP in August 2010, Elsner had a 33-year career at top levels of journalism and published two novels, a memoir of his father's Holocaust survival and an acclaimed book about the U.S. prison system. Elsner's journalistic career began with The Jerusalem Post. He joined Reuters in Tel Aviv in 1980 and became the news agency's first correspondent in Jerusalem in 1983. Elsner's subsequent career took him back to London and to Stockholm where he headed the agency's four Nordic bureaus. In Washington, Elsner was assigned to the State Department from 1989-94 when he covered the end of the Cold War and the first Gulf War. His sharp questioning at the State Department during the Rwanda genocide in 1994 forced the Clinton administration to change its policy. His role was highlighted in several books about the massacres and his voice was featured in the movie, "Hotel Rwanda." Elsner was Reuters Chief Political Correspondent from 1994-2000 and headed coverage of the 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns. He was National Correspondent from 2001-2004 and covered the 9/11 attack. In 2006, Elsner won a Knight International Journalism Fellowship and spent nine months in Romania teaching journalism and strengthening free media. His first book, "Gates of Injustice: The Crisis in America's Prisons" was hailed by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy as a "wake-up call" and welcomed by the political left and right. Elsner later testified to governmental and independent commissions on prison reform. Elsner's memoir of his father's wartime experiences, "Guarded by Angels," published by Yad Vashem, has been described as a major addition to Holocaust literature. It helped spark a successful campaign to build a new memorial at the site of the Belzec extermination camp in Poland. His novel, "Romance Language" which deals with the Romanian revolution of 1989, will come out in Romania next year. His first novel, "The Nazi Hunter" was described by Publishers' Weekly as "a gripping debut thriller and a compelling tale." Kirkus Reviews said, "The plot twists accelerate nicely. . . . An intriguing protagonist, terrifying historical lessons, and a well-orchestrated, pulse-pounding conclusion." Elsner has lectured and taught widely at universities in the United States and Europe, including Princeton, Dartmouth, American University, George Washington University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Rochester and the University of North Carolina. His op-eds have appeared in The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times and he blogs on The Huffington Post.

ARTICLES BY: Alan Elsner


January 16, 2013 12:57 am
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The Hagel Nomination and Monty Python

The furor that has surrounded the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be President Obama's Secretary of Defense has shed a searing light on...

December 13, 2012 3:07 pm
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Why I Joined J Street

A recent announcement that I had joined J Street as Vice President of Communications raised some eyebrows among some of my friends in the Jewish...

September 24, 2012 4:23 pm
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Thoughts on Cole Porter, Franz Schubert and Yom Kippur

At a recent recital of works by Franz Schubert by pianist Joseph Kalichstein, some lines from the Cole Porter song "Every time we say goodbye"...

September 6, 2012 3:55 pm
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The IAEA is Powerless Against Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors will meet next week in Vienna but their deliberations will only demonstrate once again how impotent the...

August 22, 2012 1:05 pm
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Israel’s Iran Dilemma: A Plea for Understanding

What does it mean to be faced by an existential threat? It means you, your family, your community, your city, your country and your nation could...

August 8, 2012 1:38 pm
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Sinai Attack Shows Egypt Needs Israel

The weekend terrorist attack in Sinai which killed 16 Egyptian border policemen has made clear that Egypt needs to preserve a strategic alliance with Israel...

August 2, 2012 2:59 pm
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Two Reports from State Dept. Provide Sobering Look at Iran

The State Department issued two reports this week, one on patterns on global terrorism and the other on religious freedom and oppression around the world....

July 31, 2012 2:06 pm
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Thank Heaven (and Israel) That Syria’s Assad Doesn’t Have Nukes

As the death toll mounts in Syria and the country slides deeper into civil war, the world should be thankful that the Assad regime...

July 17, 2012 1:07 pm
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A Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Have No Hotline to Avert Catastrophe

In the debate about how to deal with Iran's nuclear weapons program, a steady stream of voices have argued that the best response would be...

July 11, 2012 2:23 pm
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Heads of Civilized Nations Should Stop Meeting Iranian Leadership

Last month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got a rude shock when he arrived in Rio for a U.N. sustainability conference known as Rio+20. Instead of...

July 9, 2012 3:14 pm
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Arafat Poison Story: Another Palestinian Libel

The Arabs, as the late Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban famously said, never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Last week's furor over allegations that...

June 20, 2012 12:44 pm
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So Far “Arab Spring” Delivers Mostly Misery

A year and a half into the so-called and misnamed "Arab Spring," it may be time to take stock of the wave of uprisings that...

February 28, 2012 3:02 pm
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Iran: Obama’s Indecisiveness Makes Israeli Strike Likely

The failure of President Obama to impose crippling sanctions a few months after assuming office in 2009 makes the prospect of an Israeli ...

Culture

Jewish Professional Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wears Tefillin in New Instagram Video

Professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a video on Tuesday of him putting on...

German Festival Cancels Scottish Band’s Concert Due to Its BDS Support

A German arts and music festival announced on Wednesday it was cancelling a concert...

Miss Israel and Miss Iraq Share Message of Peace at AJC Global Forum

Miss Israel Adar Gendelsman and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan together gave a speech about...

Features

Haley: UN Makes ‘Morally Bankrupt Judgement’ by Passing Resolution Against Israel

JNS.org - The UN General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Israel...

Toward a Judaism of Resistance

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. -- Joel 4:10 My first...

‘Fauda’ Creators Talk BDS, Critics, and Whether There Will Ever Be Peace

When Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff pitched their TV series about an undercover...

World

South Korea, US to Announce Suspension of Major Military Drills This Week

South Korea and the United States are expected to announce the suspension of "large-scale" military drills this week, with the provision that they would restart if North Korea failed to...

Israel

Israel Launches More Air Strikes Against Incendiary-Balloon Launchers in Ga...

The Israeli military on Sunday continued its effort to thwart ongoing cross-border kite bomb and incendiary balloon attacks being conducted...

Middle East

Turkey Says Its Airstrikes Kill 26 Kurdish Militants in Northern Iraq

The Turkish military said on Friday airstrikes its forces carried out killed 26 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq's Qandil mountain region on June 12, the state-run news...

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