Mr Eldad Ben Aharon

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  • Dan Stone First/primary/lead supervisor

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Personal profile

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the Holocaust Research Institute at Royal Holloway, University of London. My research is situated at the intersection between history and International Relations. My doctoral dissertation examines the contested memories of 1915 Armenian Genocide in light of the late Cold War period and Great Power politics, specifically the Israeli-Turkish-American relations. 
Publications in refereed peer-reviewed journals (updated August 2018)
  • Ben-Aharon, (2018). E. 'Superpower by Invitation: Late Cold War Diplomacy and Leveraging Armenian Terrorism as a Means to Rapprochement in Israeli-Turkish Relations (1980–1987)' Cold War History, 1-19. 
  • Ben-Aharon, E. (2018). Review, Denial of Violence: Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and Collective Violence Against the Armenians, 1789-2009, Fatma Müge Göçek, Journal of Social History, 51: 3, 656–659.
  • Ben-Aharon, E. (2017). ‘Between Ankara and Jerusalem: the Armenian Genocide as a ZeroSum Game in Israel’s Foreign Policy (1980s-2010s)’, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 20:5, 459-476.
  • Ben-Aharon, E. (2017). Review, Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey, Lerna Ekmekçioğlu, Patterns of Prejudice, 51:2, 211-213.
  • Ben-Aharon, E. (2016). Review, They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide, Ronald Grigor Suny,
  • Ben-Aharon, E. (2016). Review, Turkey and the Armenian Ghost: On the Trail of the Genocide, Laura Marchand & Guillaume Perrier, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, 22:4, 472-475.
  • Ben-Aharon, E. (2015). ‘A Unique Denial: Israel’s Foreign Policy and the Armenian Genocide’, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 42:4, 638-654.


During the academic year 2018/19, I am a visiting scholar at the Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Leiden University.

Research interests

My main areas of interest are Genocide and Mass Violence, the Armenian Genocide, Israel’s Clandestine Diplomacy, the International History of the Cold War, Modern Middle East Studies, Arab Nationalism, and Oral History.


2017 / 2018

  • Visiting Lecturer - Leiden University, The Netherlands BA programme, Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), Course title: ‘Anthropology of the Middle East’ November 2017.
  • Visiting Lecturer - University of Utrecht, The Netherlands BA programme, Department of History of International Relations, Course title: ‘The Middle East after 1945, January 2018. 

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