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Hilary Rantisi

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124 Mt. Auburn Street Suite 100, Room 118
Harvard Kennedy School
Cambridge, MA, 02138

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Hilary Rantisi

Director, Middle East Initiative

Telephone: 617-495-5963
Fax: 617-496-9688



Hilary Rantisi is the Director of the Middle East Initiative (MEI) at Harvardís Kennedy School of Government's (HKS) Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. She received her Masterís degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Chicago. As Director, Hilary has expanded MEIís program offerings to best serve a variety of constituents, including Harvard students, faculty, staff and alumni, regional partners and peoples in the Middle East and the general public. Hilary has spearheaded MEIís growth, enhancing critical learning on and about the Middle East at Harvard through multi-disciplinary Executive Education programs, high-level sector specific workshops, faculty research and support, student mentoring and internship funding, professional development seminars, public education events and more.

Prior to joining HKS, Hilary worked with civil society organizations in Israel-Palestine and focused on religion, politics, and grassroots mobilization efforts in Jerusalem. She co-edited the book Our Story (1999) and has written numerous journal articles, and been an active public speaker on issues pertaining to the Middle East region. Hilary is a native Arabic speaker.



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July 15, 2010

Middle East Initiative Newsletter: Spring 2009


By Hilary Rantisi, Director, Middle East Initiative

2009-2010 Academic Year

Middle East Mosaic

News From HKS Middle East Initiative

Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President†Mikhail Gorbachev.