Medem Friedman Ofer Sivan
Why did I choose Political Science?
World politics has always been a key interest of mine. As a lawyer and an individual that is interested in society and sociology, I aimed to explain world politics events and phenomenon through different perspectives, which deviate from the classic political theories.
Political Science and International Relations, in particular, are two fields of study that allow me to do just that: investigate world events and phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective, i.e. integrate different academic disciplines.
The realm of study that interests me is the construction and deconstruction mechanisms of legitimacy and international status of states and non-states actors.
In order to trace those mechanisms and understand them I am using sociological theories and international law concepts. This integration provides a better understanding of the processes of the changing status of actors in the international arena. The Palestine Liberation Organization (1968-1994) is the case study being explored in the thesis.
The thesis title is "Putting Practice into Practice: Change in International Status - The Case of the PLO", and it is being conducted under the supervision of Prof. Amal Jamal and guidance of a committee whose members are Dr. Amir Lupovici, Prof. Ronen Shamir and Dr. Oded Lowenheim.