Ksenia Svetlova is a seasoned expert and analyst on Middle Eastern issues, with unique academic and practical experience. She had covered the Middle East extensively and visited many countries in the region, including Lebanon, Syria and Libya, interviewed Palestinian leaders Yasser Arafat and Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, and many high-profile politicians in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Jordan. She speaks English, Hebrew, Russian and Arabic.

Svetlova served as a member in a committee for foreign affairs and defense during her term as Parliament member. Currently she is serving as a senior analyst at the IPS (Institute for Strategy and Policy) at the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya. She is also leading the department for research of ties between Israel and the Middle East at “Mitvim” think-tank for regional foreign policy. 

Svetlova  is often heard on Israel and international media in Hebrew, English, Russian and Arabic, and she is a regular contributor on Middle Eastern issues at Al-Monitor and Times of Israel. 

Her first book “Through Middle East on heels” will be published during the first quarter of 2020 by “Pardes” publishing house.