Yoav Galai is a doctoral candidate in the School of International Relations in the University of St Andrews. His research focuses on the role narratives of collective memory play in International Relations, both in helping define possibilities for action and as the object of policy.
Collective memory is a matter of international politics. Arguments over the interpretation of the past often take the form of foreign policy and by far the ‘hottest’ arena of memory conflicts is related to the legacies of Nazism and Communism in Europe. Such mnemonic politics have taken the form of EU legislative initiatives as well as conflicts between Russia and its former satellites.
A former Israeli journalist, Yoav Galai's writing has appeared in The Conversation, The New Republic and 972 Magazine and his photography has been awarded numerous accolades, including Pictures of the Year International, British Press Photographer’s Year and the grand prize at the Israeli Press Photo competition.