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Hillel Ofek

B.A., Kenyon College

Hillel Ofek

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Biography

Hillel Ofek is a PhD student concentrating in international relations, political theory, and public law. His Master's Report is on the honor motive in international relations. His dissertation, supervised by Thomas Pangle and Jeremi Suri, is on the role of honor in Anglo-American foreign policy.

Born in Israel and raised in Jerusalem and Chicago, Ofek was educated at Kenyon College (B.A. 2007) and at Oxford University (2005-2006, Mansfield College). In 2007, Hillel Ofek graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College. He was awarded Highest Honors for his political science thesis on the foreign policy of Edmund Burke.

After graduating, Ofek spent several years in Washington, D.C., where he was a research assistant for Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer, a researcher and writer for the public-relations firm Berman and Company, and a founding editor at the public-policy quarterly National Affairs.

Ofek’s publications include articles and essays in The New Atlantis and Cambridge Review of International Affairs.  His essay on drone warfare is cited in a number of academic journals, including Antipode, International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of International Business and Law, Seton Hall Law Review, and Journal of Public and International Affairs. His article on Arabic science is taught in several universities, including in a class at Turkey’s Çankaya University. 

He is the recipient of a number of fellowships and awards, including the 2010 Claremont Institute Publius Fellowship, the 2010-2011 Earhart Fellowship, and the 2013-2014 ISI Western Civilization Fellowship.

Ofek is the Executive Director of Pro Musica Hebraica, a nonprofit devoted to presenting lost and forgotten Jewish classical music in a concert hall setting.

Interests

Foreign policy, international relations theory, classical and modern political thought, American constitutional theory, history of science.

Publications

“Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science,” The New Atlantis, Winter 2011.

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Review: Crisis and Command by John Yoo, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Volume 23, No. 2, June 2010.

“The Tortured Logic of Obama's Drone War,” The New Atlantis, Spring 2010.

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