Nir Boms is analyst of Strategic Outlook. He is journalist and a research fellow at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hertzeliya. He is a member of the board of the Institute for Monitoring peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education and the Co-Founder of CyberDissidents.org, network of bloggers from the Middle East that focuses on freedom of expression and the promotion of dialogue in the region. Prior to his return to Israel, in 2004, he served as the Vice President of the Washington based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).
Prior to his tenure at FDD, Mr. Boms held a position at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC as the Academic Liaison, serving as an educator, specialist and guest lecturer on Israeli and Middle Eastern affairs.
His articles appeared in Ynet , Ha’aretz, The wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Iran Times International, Today Zaman (Turkey), The Jerusalem Post, The National Review, The Asia Times, The National Interests, and Israeli Journal of Foreign Affairs. among others. He also participated in the writing of “Copts in Egypt, A Christian Minority Under Siege” (G2W-Verlag, 2006) and “The Long March to the West” (Valentine Mitchell, 2007).
Mr. Boms has extensive educational and outreach experience working in Israel, the United States and Europe. During the course of his career, he has taught and lectured in Australia, Bulgaria England, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and the United States, the United Nation and Human Rights council on issues relating to the Middle East, Terrorism, Islam and Democracy. He is fluent in Hebrew, English and Arabic.
Mr. Boms holds two Master degrees in the fields of Political Science and Judaic Studies from the University of Maryland, as well as a Bachelor degree in Education and Political Science from the University of Haifa. He recently submitted his PhD dissertation on the Influence of Information Technology on the Creation of Civic Society in Syria and Iran. Mr. Boms served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a communication officer and holds the rank of Captain (Res).