Nadav Safran was 77 when he died of cancer July 5, 2003, in State College, Pa.
An expert in Middle Eastern politics, Safran had the unique perspective of a Jew born in Cairo and trained in the US, including at the Woodrow Wilson School. He taught government at Harvard and directed the Center of Middle Eastern studies there until the Harvard Crimson revealed his receipt of research money from the CIA. Although his scholarship was never questioned, he resigned from the directorship in 1986. Safran leaves his former wife, Anna, and daughters Nina, Abigail, and Elizabeth.
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