Dr. Lior Lehrs
Dr. Lior Lehrs is a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Harry S. Truman Research Institute and Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From September 2016 to September 2018 he was an Israel Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University. Lior wrote his doctoral dissertation, “Private Peace Entrepreneurs in Conflict Resolution Processes,” in the department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research topics include theory and history of conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation and unofficial diplomacy and he deals with various conflict areas such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Northern Ireland, the Cold War, Cyprus and the Balkans. He is also a Fellow at Mitvim - The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, and he was a researcher at the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research, where he focused on the topic of Jerusalem within Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the neighborhoods in East Jerusalem and conflicts in holy sites.
His current research project examines diplomatic efforts of international actors in cases of intractable conflicts, and focuses on peace plans as diplomatic tools in the context of international intervention in conflict areas, with particular attention to four case studies: The Contact Group’s peace plan (Bosnia, 1994); US President Bill Clinton’s peace plan (Israel-Palestine, 2000); United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan’s peace plan (Cyprus, 2004); and United Nations Envoy Martti Ahtisaari’s peace plan (Kosovo, 2007).