Dr. Arye Carmon

Dr. Arye Carmon is the Founding President of IDI and one of Israel’s foremost experts on political reform. In 1991, he founded the Israel Democracy Institute to strengthen the structural and normative foundations of Israeli democracy. Under his leadership, IDI has become a leading think tank with a reputation among policy makers for non-partisanship, professionalism, and actionable policy recommendations.

Dr. Carmon has promoted democracy and political education in the classroom and as a member of the board of numerous national institutions and government committees. He has published and lectured extensively on education, Israel-Diaspora relations, and the Holocaust.

Dr. Carmon earned his BA and MA (with distinction) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his PhD in European History and Educational Policy studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

In 2009, the State of Israel recognized Dr. Carmon’s greatest contribution to Israeli society, awarding IDI the prestigious Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
In April 2014, Dr. Carmon stepped down as President of the Institute. He now devotes his time to research on the relationship between religion and politics.

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