Israel is a country of puzzling paradoxes: a regional superpower afflicted with existential fears; a very threatened yet one of the happiest societies, worldwide; a startup nation that procreate more than any other western society; and a liberal democracy – possibly turning totalitarian. Prof. Uriel Abulof proposes to explore global lessons from Israel about the politics of fear, happiness, and hope.
About the Speaker
Dr. Uriel Abulof is an associate professor of political science at Tel-Aviv University, teaching also at Cornell University. Abulof studies the politics of fear, happiness and hope, legitimation, social movements, nationalism, and ethnic conflicts. He has published over sixty peer-reviewed academic articles, several books and edited volumes, including The Mortality and Morality of Nations (Cambridge University Press) and Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism (Haifa University Press). Abulof introduces “political existentialism” as novel approach in the social sciences. He directs various public projects, including Double-Edged, a Psychology Today blog, the Sapienism initiative, and the edX award-wining online course, HOPE.
Abulof is a founding member of the Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR) at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton University, and has published on self-determination with LISD Founding Director Wolfgang Danspeckgruber.