Azmi Bishara is the General Director of the Arab Center for Research and
Policy Studies and a member of its Executive Board. A prominent
researcher and writer, Bishara has published numerous books and academic
papers in political thought, social theory, and philosophy, in addition
to several literary works.
He was Professor of Philosophy and History
of Political Thought at Birzeit University, from 1986 to 1996. He also
co-founded Muwatin, the Palestinian Institute for the Study of
Democracy, and Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social
Research. Bishara was the principal founder of the National Democratic
Assembly (Balad), a Palestinian-Arab party inside the Green Line, which
supports democratic values irrespective of religious, ethnic or national
identity. For four consecutive sessions, from 1996-2007, he represented
his party as an elected member of parliament. In 2007, Bishara was
persecuted for his political positions at the hands of the Israeli
authorities, and currently resides in Qatar.
He is the recipient of the
Ibn Rushd Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2002 and the Global Exchange
Human Rights Award in 2003.