Reda Mansour

  • Former Ambassador of Israel to Brazil and Ecuador

From being the first non-Jewish career diplomat more than 25 years ago to the youngest Ambassador in Israel's' history at the age of 35, Reda Mansour is a trailblazer, having served in sensitive and complicated diplomatic missions.

Rebuilding the relations between Israel and Brazil, leading an effort to promote dialogue with moderate Muslim leaders in Europe (Haaretz article) or creating a new dialogue with the African-American community, are just some of the challenges Ambassador Reda Mansour has been entrusted with. He also became the face of Israel in CNN America and CNN espaniol during the 2008 war in Gaza.

Ambassador Mansour started his career as a Consul in San Francisco during the high days of the Oslo Agreement. There he led the way as a poet by using art and music to promote Arab-Jewish dialogue. 

As deputy Ambassador in Portugal, he helped organize the Clinton – Barak summit after the collapse of the second Camp David Summit, President Peres visit and participate in talks with the Palestinian Authority leaders.

Later he served as Ambassador in Ecuador and Brazil and Consul General in Atlanta where he was chosen by his fellow Consul Generals from more than 50 countries to be the Dean of the Atlanta Consular Corps. 

Ambassador Mansour is a Middle East historian and has worked as the director of the of the Persian Gulf department in the Center for Political Research of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, and Professor for Middle East studies in the International Program of the Israeli National Security College.

 
  

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The Minorities' Pact

American Jews and Israeli Druze are surprisingly similar. They share their special connection to Israel while having another identity, American on one side and Druze on the other. The Minorities pact between the two present a model of how these communities can support each other in strengthening the ...

American Jews and Israeli Druze are surprisingly similar. They share their special connection to Israel while having another identity, American on one side and Druze on the other. The Minorities pact between the two present a model of how these communities can support each other in strengthening the connection and improving their dialogue, with mainstream Israel.

Israel, Facebook, and the New Middle East

The Middle East has changed in the last seven years more than it has changed in the last seventy years. What is going to be the new Middle East and what role will Israel play in it? How can we use social networks to understand a new generation of Arabs and communicate with them? And what can the US ...

The Middle East has changed in the last seven years more than it has changed in the last seventy years. What is going to be the new Middle East and what role will Israel play in it? How can we use social networks to understand a new generation of Arabs and communicate with them? And what can the US do to promote its values and partnerships in the region.

Visions of Identity in Israel

Israel is a young country of immigrants, with people from over 70 countries and many ethnic and religious minorities. How do these different groups manage their multiple identities and what is the best possible way of creating common ground between the different tribes. What can we learn from the Is ...

Israel is a young country of immigrants, with people from over 70 countries and many ethnic and religious minorities. How do these different groups manage their multiple identities and what is the best possible way of creating common ground between the different tribes. What can we learn from the Israeli experience in an effort to strengthen the American Jewish identity?

Poetry and Diplomacy

If we try to learn about diplomacy through poetry, we find that poetry is one kind of diplomacy! Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese cultures have fascinating stories of how poetry and diplomacy intermingled and created dramatic national changes. Who are these poet diplomats? How they affected th ...

If we try to learn about diplomacy through poetry, we find that poetry is one kind of diplomacy! Arabic, Hebrew, Spanish and Portuguese cultures have fascinating stories of how poetry and diplomacy intermingled and created dramatic national changes. Who are these poet diplomats? How they affected the history and culture of their countries?

Syria What Will It Be

Understanding what the future of Syria is demands the understanding its society and culture. A young country that carved from the Levant it has always struggled to build a national identity from its multiethnic and multi-religious society. In Syria, we can find most of the core conflicts of the Midd ...

Understanding what the future of Syria is demands the understanding its society and culture. A young country that carved from the Levant it has always struggled to build a national identity from its multiethnic and multi-religious society. In Syria, we can find most of the core conflicts of the Middle East converging many wars in one. What will Syria be?

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Reda Mansour is Israel Institute Visiting Professor at Emory University.  He is former Ambassador of Israel to Brazil and Ecuador.  At the age of 35 he was the youngest Ambassador in Israel's history and the first non-Jewish career diplomat. Mansour also served as Deputy Ambassador in Portugal, Consul General of Israel and Dean of the Atlanta Consular Corps, and Consul in San Francisco. 

Professor Mansour holds a PH.D from Haifa University where his doctoral work focused on the history of modern Syria.  He also holds a master's degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and speaks five languages.

The Ambassador is a longtime activist in the promotion of coexistence and integration of minorities.   In recognition for his efforts for promoting African American and Israeli Dialogue, he was inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Sponsors at Atlanta’s prestigious Morehouse College and Awarded the Israeli Prime Minister and President Award.

Ambassador Mansour received numerous awards for his innovative diplomatic Work, among them the International Heroes Award for Excellence, the “Juscelino Kubitschek” (Brazilian President) Medal of merit and the Tree of Life Award. He was named one of the "100 Most Influential Atlantans" alongside many prominent figures such as President Carter and Congress Member John Louis.

In addition to his diplomatic career, Reda Mansour is an accomplished author. He has published four books of poetry, as well as a number of short stories.  He has held readings of his works in many parts of the world. The Ambassador has received the Haáretz Annual Short Story Award, as well as the Miller Poetry Award.