Remembering an American Scholar-Diplomat Who Saw the True Imbalance in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

March 31 2021

On Saturday, the diplomat, scholar, and teacher Charles Hill died at the age of eighty-four. During his long career in public service, he served as an aide to Henry Kissinger and George P. Shultz; he was also deputy director of the State Department’s Israel desk before serving as political counselor to the American embassy in Tel Aviv, then director of Israel and Arabi-Israeli affairs, and after that deputy assistant secretary for the Middle East. A reminiscence by the Mosaic contributor Eric Edelman can be found here; some recent articles by Hill here; and Hill’s reflections on war and human nature here. In this 2019 essay on the idea of “balance” in the Arab-Israeli conflict, Hill saw far beyond the usual complaints that the U.S. needs to take a more “balanced” approach to the Israeli-Arab conflict:

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How Princeton Abandoned a Graduate Student Held Hostage by Iran

Jan. 25 2022

In 2016, Xiyue Wang, an American citizen and a PhD candidate at Princeton University, traveled to Tehran to improve his Persian, and to conduct archival research on the governance of border provinces in the 19th and early 20th centuries. A few months later he was arrested and sent to the Evin prison, where he was held for 40 months, most of which he spent in solitary confinement. He emerged thoroughly disabused of his former faith in the possibility of U.S conciliation with the Islam Republic. He had a similar change in attitude toward his university. Peter Theroux writes:

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More about: Academia, Iran