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Walter Reich

Senior Scholar

Contact Information:
T 202/994-5075 // F 301-656-0106
Expertise:
Terrorism
;
Middle East and North Africa
;
Israel
Affiliation:
Walter Reich is the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at The George Washington University; a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Wilson Center Project(s):
The Use and Abuse of Holocaust Memory
Term:
Sep 01, 2012
-
May 30, 2016

Walter Reich is the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at The George Washington University; a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Reich is also a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University; Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and Contributing Editor of The Wilson Quarterly.

Dr. Reich has written and lectured widely on the Holocaust and genocide, terrorism; human rights, national memory, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; psychiatry, medical ethics and national and international affairs. He is the author of A Stranger in My House: Jews and Arabs in the West Bank (Holt), a co-author of State of the Struggle: Report on the Battle against Global Terrorism (Brookings Institution Press), and the editor of Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind (Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press). His articles and essays have appeared in scholarly and scientific publications as well as in such newspapers and magazines as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper'sCommentary, and The New Republic.

Dr. Reich has worked for the protection of human rights around the world since the early 1970s. He has been a Co-Chair of the Committee of Concerned Scientists since 1995; was the Chair of the Committee on Human Rights of the American Psychiatric Association (1995-98); and was a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1985-91).

Dr. Reich has received numerous academic and professional awards. A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, he received the 2004 Human Rights Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the 2003 Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Special Presidential Commendation from the American Psychiatric Association in 1998, "in recognition of his distinguished leadership and scholarship as Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and of his being a renowned champion of Human Rights." He is also an Associate Fellow of Davenport College at Yale, where he was a Lustman Fellow, and received the Solomon A. Berson Medical Alumni Achievement Award in Health Science from the New York University School of Medicine. While in medical school he studied at the National Hospital for Neurological Diseases of the University of London in Queen Square and with Anna Freud at the Hampstead Child-Therapy Clinic in London. In 1973, following his internship in internal medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine and his psychiatric residency at the Yale University School of Medicine,

Dr. Reich joined the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, where he was a Senior Research Psychiatrist.As a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 1982-83, Dr. Reich studied the political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union in the Center's Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies. Later, as a Senior Scholar at the Center, he studied the psychology of terrorism and the scientific, ethical and public policy dimensions of health, and then founded and directed the Wilson Center's Project on Health, Values and Public Policy.From 1995 to 1998, Dr. Reich was the Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In 1998 Dr. Reich became the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, at The George Washington University.In his current role as a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Dr. Reich's interests includes the Middle East, Israel, terrorism, the Holocaust and health. Together with the Center's former President and Director, Lee H. Hamilton, he was a founding member of the Council on Global Terrorism. He was also a member of Middle East Strategy at Harvard, project of the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

 

Dr. Reich is also a founding member of the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Conciliation; of the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Antisemitism; and of the International Academic Board of Advisors of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy.

Dr. Reich was in residence several times at Mishkenot Sha'ananim in Jerusalem, a center for scholars, artists, scientists and writers. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with his wife, the novelist Tova Reich.

Education

B.A. from Columbia College in 1965, studied philosophy as a graduate student at Columbia, and received his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine in 1970.

Major Publications

  • Reich, Walter: A Stranger in My House: Jews and Arabs in the West Bank. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1984.  Revised edition published in London by Firethorn Press, 1985.  Excerpted in The Atlantic Monthly, June 1984.                                                                      
  • Reich, Walter (ed.): Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind.  Cambridge, England and New York: Cambridge University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1990.  Reissued by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1998. 
  • Oren, Dan A., Reich, Walter, Rosenthal, Norman E., Wehr, Thomas A.: How to Beat Jet Lag: A Practical Guide for Air Travellers.  New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1993.                                                                                                                                                       
  • Hamilton, Lee, Hoffman, Bruce, Jenkins, Brian Michael, Pillar, Paul, Raufer, Xavier, Reich, Walter and Reinares, Fernando (The Council on Global Terrorism): State of the Struggle: Report on the Battle against Global Terrorism, Brookings Institution Press, 2007 (http://www.brookings.edu/press/books/clientpr/globalterrorism/stateofthestruggle.htm).  
  • Reich, Walter, with Munteanu, Mircea (ed.): Escape from the Holocaust: The Fate of Jews in Finland During World War II, Woodrow Wilson Center (in press).
     
Previous Terms at the Wilson Center:
As Fellow Oct 01, 1982- Jul 01, 1983: The Case of Soviet Psychiatry: A Study in Moral Judgment As Senior Scholar Sep 01, 1986-June 01,1995: The Psychology of Terrorism; Health, Values and Public Policy September 01, 1998-August 31, 2012: The Holocaust; Holocaust Memory; Israel; the Arab-Israeli Conflict

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