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Dr. Nachman Shai MK – Bio

Dr. Nachman Shai is a Member of Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, on behalf of the Zionist Camp (Labor party). He was first elected in 2009 and is currently serving his third term in office.

Prior to his election to the Knesset in 2009, Nachman has held diverse positions in the military, the media, the diplomatic and the public arenas. These include: Senior V.P. and Director General, Israel, UJC (United Jewish Communities of North America); Director General of the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport; Israel Defense Force Spokesperson, with the rank of Brigadier General; Communications Advisor to the Minister of Defense; Director General of the Second Television and Radio Authority; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Channel 2 News Company and Chairman of the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA). He has served as press secretary of the Israel Mission to the UN in New York, press advisor to the Israeli Embassy in Washington and has worked as a reporter in the print and electronic media.

Nachman holds a Ph.D. in political science and communications from Bar Ilan University and his thesis, on "Public Diplomacy and Low Intensity Conflict", was awarded the 2012 "Tshetshik" award for national security research by Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies. He received his MA degree, cum laude, from the Communications Institute of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He also completed advanced studies at the World Press Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Nachman is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality and he chairs the following lobbies: the Lobby for the Promotion of Israel’s Public Diplomacy, the Lobby for Strengthening the Jewish People, the Lobby for US-Israel Relations, the Lobby for the Elderly, the Lobby for Jerusalem, the Lobby for the Struggle Against the De-legitimization of the State of Israel, the Lobby for Strengthening Israel`s Foreign Affairs System. Nachman Chairs the Israel-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group and is Head of the Knesset Delegation to the IPU (International Parliamentary Union).

In 2013 he published "Media Wars". The book deals with the developing of the new public diplomacy and its place in the battle between states and terrorist and guerilla organizations. The book won the 2013 "Yitzhak Sadeh" Prize for military literature.

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