Arye Carmon

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Arye Carmon is one of Israel's foremost experts on political reform. In 1991, he founded the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) 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 nonpartisanship, professionalism, and actionable policy recommendations. A charismatic leader, 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, Israeli-Diaspora relations and the Holocaust.  Carmon earned his BA and MA (with distinction) from the Hebrew University and his PhD in European history and educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 2009, the State of Israel recognized Carmon's great contributions to the Israeli state and society, awarding IDI the prestigious Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement.

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Dr. Arye Carmon At The Commonwealth Club

featuring Arye Carmonvia Commonwealth Club
Wednesday, December 11, 2019

More than seven decades after the founding of Israel, the momentum to establish a Jewish state has led to remarkable achievements: stable structures in government, the military and the economy. At the same time, as the country faces a range of issues in how it deals with coexistence, it also faces significant challenges to its democratic processes. 

Books

Building Democracy on Sand: Israel without a Constitution

by Arye Carmonvia Hoover Institution Press
Sunday, December 1, 2019

Autobiographical anecdotes of the author’s life in Israel illuminate a philosophical discussion of that nation’s democratic vulnerabilities amid its identity conflicts and its absence of a constitution.

Interviews

Arye Carmon On Background Briefing With Ian Masters

interview with Arye Carmonvia Background Briefing With Ian Masters
Thursday, November 21, 2019

(22:02) Hoover Institution fellow Arye Carmon discusses Israel's lack of a Constitution and/or Bill of Rights, which has led to the tyranny of the minority party and a dysfunctional government.

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The Future Of A Stable Israeli Democracy

by Arye Carmonvia The Washington Times
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Political system is threatened by the absence of a constitution.

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Building Democracy on Sand

by Arye Carmonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Israel lacks a constitution—and any clear idea of where it is going. A new book takes up the unanswered questions of the Jewish state.

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Panel Addresses Demographics, Technology And Challenges In The Middle East

featuring Abbas Milani, George P. Shultz, Arye Carmon, Hoover Institutionvia The Stanford Daily
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz convened the ninth installment of his panel series “Governance in an Emerging World” on Monday by underscoring the importance of the Middle East in what he called “a globe on a hinge of history.” The afternoon’s discussion centered around changing demographics throughout the region, the roles of technology within government and society and challenges for the Middle East to overcome in the future.

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Essays

Building Democracy on Sand: The State of Israel in the 21st Century

by Arye Carmonvia Governance In An Emerging New World
Monday, April 22, 2019

In the second decade of the 21st Century, the State of Israel is still engaged in the early stages of building political sovereignty for the Jewish people, for the first time in seventy generations. The discussion of contemporary Israel is based on this historical context, the absence of a tradition of responsibility for political sovereignty.

Reinventing Israeli Democracy: Thoughts on Modernizing Israel’s Political System

by Arye Carmonvia Israel Democracy Institute
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Written by IDI President Dr. Arye Carmon, this in-depth discussion of the crisis of governance in Israel includes a far-ranging proposal for improving Israel’s political system. The proposal calls for balancing representativeness and efficiency in government.