Professor Uzi Rabi, Ph.D (Tel Aviv University, 2000) is the Director of the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, and a senior researcher at the Center for Iranian Studies, both at Tel Aviv University. Formerly, he was the Head of the Department of Middle Eastern and African History at Tel Aviv University, and a visiting professor at the University of San Diego over the academic year 2004-2005. His Ph.D dissertation was supervised by the renowned scholar, Joseph Kostiner.
Prof. Rabi is the director of the TAU Workshop, an annual ten-day seminar for international scholars that focuses on the geopolitical situation of Israel and its neighbors, and the co-editor of Bustan: The Middle East Book Review. His research focuses on the modern history and evolution of states and societies in the Middle East, Iranian-Arab relations, oil and politics in the Middle East, and Sunni-Shi’i dynamics. He frequently provides expert commentary and analysis on a number of international and Israeli news outlets, including Arabic language television channels. During “Operation Protective Edge,” Rabi was a fixture in both Israeli and international media.
Rabi has edited a number of volumes, including Iran’s Time (2008), and International Intervention in Local Conflicts: Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution Since the Cold War (2010). Rabi's edited volume Tribes and States in a Changing Middle East (Hurst Publishers) has been accepted for publication due August 2015.
Additionally, Rabi has written a number of books in both English and Hebrew. In 2015, he published “Yemen: Revolution, Civil War, and Unification” (I.B Taurus), which covers the modern history of Yemen. He published a related book in Hebrew, Yemen: the Anatomy of a Failed State (Kibbutz HaMeuchad) in 2014. In 2007, Prof. Rabi published Saudi Arabia: An Oil Kingdom in the Labyrinth of Religion and Politics (The Open University, in Hebrew).Rabi also has a forthcoming work that aims to provide an ‘alternative map’ of the Middle East in the post-‘Arab Spring’ era.
Rabi has presented many lectures and papers over the years. Included among these is "Iran and Israel: Post 2013 Elections,” “Long-term Middle East Scenarios,” and “Israel's Middle East: A Changing Geopolitical Landscape."