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2018-2019 Joffe Award Winner Announced

last modified Oct 14, 2019 08:35 AM

The Department of POLIS is delighted to announce that the Joffé Award for 2018-2019 has been presented to Harel Berger, for his dissertation entitled 'Evaluating the Implications of the Israeli Labour Party’s Engagement in the Socialist International (1967-1984)'.

The Joffé Award is presented each year to the student writing the best MPhil dissertation on the international relations and/or politics of the Middle East and North Africa. It is named for Professor George Joffé who, for many years, was the backbone of teaching on North Africa and the Middle East in the Centre for International Studies, and later in POLIS. George retired at the end of the 2016/17 academical year and the Department has created this prize as a tribute to his intellectual legacy.

Harel had the following to say on his work and the award:

"The dissertation that I have authored explores the geopolitical implications of the Israeli Labour Party’s engagement in the Socialist International from 1967 to 1984 through the theoretical lens of constructivist realism. Receiving the Joffé Award has invigorated my resolve to conduct future research on political parties as global actors. I am thrilled to be the recipient of an accolade whose namesake has bequeathed such a rich scholarly legacy to the study of my home region. I wish to convey my immense gratitude to POLIS for bestowing this great honour upon me. I also wish to thank my supervisor, Professor Christopher Hill, for the invaluable guidance and support that he lent to my research throughout the past academic year."

Many congratulations to Harel, and to all of his MPhil cohort on their hard work this year.