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Eldad Ben Aharon

Lecturer, Leiden University

Dr. Eldad Ben Aharon is a lecturer at LIAS Institute for Area Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He obtained his Ph.D from Royal Holloway University of London in 2019. His doctoral thesis investigates why and how Israeli diplomats leveraged the contested memories of the Armenian genocide in key moments of the last decade of the Cold War. Dr. Ben Aharon specializes in the field of modern Middle East studies and the region's diplomatic history during the Cold War. His other main areas of interest are memory studies, Turkey’s foreign policy, US foreign policy, the Middle East responses to Nazism and the Holocaust, comparative genocide studies, Arab Jews, and the theory and practice of oral history. He has published his research in the Oral History Review, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Cold War History, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.


  • –present
    Lecturer, Leiden University
  • 2020–present
    Associate Researcher, Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF)


  • 2019 
    Royal Holloway, University of London, PhD in History.
  • 2014 
    University of Amsterdam, MA Holocaust and Genocide Studies (History)
  • 2011 
    Open University of Israel , BA International Relations and Political Science


  • 2020
    "Restorative Justice and the Diplomacy of Closure: the Israeli Policy on the Armenian Genocide and the Geopolitics of Memory (1980s-2010s)", In: C.d. Gamboa, B. van Roermund (Eds.) Just Memories. Remembrance and Restoration in the Aftermath of Political Violence.:Intersentia Press.
  • 2020
    "Doing Oral History with the Israeli Elite and the Question of Methodology in International Relations Research", , Oral History Review 47, (1): pp. 3-25.
  • 2020
    "Recognition of the Armenian Genocide After its Centenary: A Comparative Analysis of Changing Parliamentary Positions", Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs 13, (3): 1-15
  • 2019
    "Superpower by Invitation: Late Cold War Diplomacy and Leveraging Armenian Terrorism as a Means to Rapprochement in Israeli-Turkish Relations (1980–1987)", Cold War History 19 (2): pp. 275-293.
  • 2018
    "Between Ankara and Jerusalem: the Armenian Genocide as a Zero-Sum Game in Israel's Foreign Policy (1980’s -2010’s)", Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 20 (5): pp. 459-476.
  • 2015
    "A Unique Denial: Israel's Foreign Policy and the Armenian Genocide", British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 42 (4): pp. 638-654.