The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace was the first, and is the largest, research institute in Israel and the Middle East that studies advancing peace in the region. The Truman Institute focuses on the countries of the Middle East as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its researchers also study Asia, Africa, and Latin America; examining them from an interdisciplinary approach – historical, cultural, psychological, political and socio-economic. The Truman Institute highlights the value of tolerance and dialogue in advancing peaceful co-existence among peoples and nations. The Institute was founded in 1965 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with the personal support of the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.
Activities include academic research at the highest level, as well as collaborative studies with other Israeli scholars and foreign researchers from the Palestinian Authority and Middle Eastern countries. The research within the framework of the Truman Institute is conducted by over 70 research fellows and scholars, individually or through research groups, and four regional research units; Middle East, Asia, Latin America and Africa.
Grants and Scholarships
In order to foster and advance research for the advancement of peace, the Truman Institute awards on an annual basis, grants and scholarships to local and international researchers, groups, and Post-doctoral, Doctoral and Masters' students. Since the Institute fosters an interdisciplinary approach, researchers have come from a varied background including the social sciences, humanities, public health, and government service.
The Truman Institute plays an instrumental role in bringing together people locally and internationally, from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds, including politicians and diplomats. The Truman Institute holds over 100 events annually. A broad spectrum of dynamic programs are offered, including conferences, lectures, seminars, symposiums, Middle East briefings and diplomatic visits on issues of current interest to help foster understanding, discussion and debate on the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians and the citizens of the developing world.
Special Projects and Seminars
Over the past few years, The Truman Institute has established many leading and innovative programs that provide international participants with a political, historical, religious and cultural perspective of Israel and the Middle East. These programs feature lectures from leading academic experts at The Hebrew University, ambassadors and journalists, meetings with Knesset Members, discussions with government officials, as well as tours around Israel. These firsthand experiences and the in-depth understanding and knowledge gained by participants are unique to our programs.
Abba Eban Centre for Israeli Diplomacy
Founded in 1992, the Abba Eban Centre for Israeli Diplomacy operates under the auspices of the Truman Institute. Ambassadors, Foreign Ministers, and policy makers from all over the world visit the Centre to participate in lectures or briefings by Truman scholars relating to current issues on Israeli-Palestinian relations, the Middle East, as well as topics related to foreign affairs and diplomacy. As a vital resource for scholars exploring Israel's emergence into the international community, the Abba Eban Centre for Israeli Diplomacy houses the Abba Eban Archives, (papers, videocassettes, photographs and recordings) of the former Israeli Ambassador, Member of the Knesset and Foreign Minister, Abba Eban.
The Roberta and Stanley Bogen Library and Documentation Center is unique among the libraries of Israel and, indeed, among the libraries of the Middle East. Its collections focus on the regions of the non-Western world—Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East—the latter two regions in particular. Personal archives donated by former diplomats and researchers on issues concerning the Middle East and Asia are classified and filed under a subject index. In fact, many of the Truman Institute's visiting scholars come specifically to use the library's excellent resources, which are now also available via the Internet and are now part of the general catalogue of the Hebrew University libraries.