Ian Black is a visiting senior fellow at the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics. He worked for the Guardian newspaper from 1980-2016 as Middle East editor, Diplomatic editor, European editor, foreign leader writer and Jerusalem correspondent. He has also written for the Economist, the Washington Post and the Observer and is a regular broadcaster and commentator on Middle Eastern and international affairs on the BBC, Sky, Al-Jazeera, Al-Arabiya and many other TV channels. He won the Lawrence Stern Award in 1983 and the Peace Through Media Award in 2010.
He wrote the acclaimed Israel’s Secret Wars (with Benny Morris); the introduction to The Arab Spring: Revolution, Rebellion and a New World Order; Zionism and the Arabs, 1936-1939; he has contributed to the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. He has an MA in history from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from LSE. He lives in London. His latest book, Enemies and Neighbours: Arabs and Jews in Palestine and Israel, 1917-2017. It was chosen as a book of the year for 2017 by The Financial Times, the Economist, the Sunday Times and the Guardian. The New York Times listed it as an “editors’ choice” in January 2018.
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