Prof. Azar Gat
Prof. Gat took his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has been an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Germany (three times: Freiburg, Munich, Constance), a Fulbright Fellow in the USA (Yale), a British Council Scholar in Britain (Oxford), a Visiting Fellow at the Mershon Center, The Ohio State University, the Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor at Georgetown, and the Koret distinguished Israeli Fellow at the Hoover Institute, Stanford.
He was twice Chair of the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University (1999-2003, 2009-2013), and is the founder and head of the Executive Master's Program in Diplomacy and Security and the International MA in Security and Diplomacy at Tel Aviv. He is the incumbent of the Ezer Weitzman Chair for National Security.
Major Gen. (Ret.) Prof. Isaac Ben-Israel
Isaac Ben-Israel was born in Israel (Tel-Aviv), 1949. He studied Mathematics, Physics and Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1988. He joined the Israel Air Force (1967) and has served continuously up to his retirement (2002). He headed the IAF Operations Research Branch, Analysis and Assessment Division of IAF Intelligence, and was the Head of Military R&D in Israel Defence Forces and Ministry of Defence (1991-1997). In January 1998 he was promoted to Major General and appointed as Director of Defence R&D Directorate in IMOD. During his service he received twice the Israeli Defence Award. After retirement from the IDF Isaac Ben Israel joined the University of Tel-Aviv as a professor and was the head of Curiel Centre for International Studies (2002-2004), the head of the Program for Security Studies (2004-2007) and a member of Jaffe Centre for Strategic Studies (2002-2004). In 2002 he founded and headed the Tel-Aviv University Workshop for Science, Technology and Security.
Dr. Alon Liel
Alon Liel served for almost 30 years in the Israeli Foreign Service in different positions, among them: Ambassador to South Africa, Consul General in the south-east of the USA and Charge D'affairs (head of mission) in Turkey. He also served as Director General of the Ministry of Economy and Planning (1994-1997) and of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000-2001). Liel holds a Ph.D in International Relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Dr. Tal Sadeh
Dr. Tal Sadeh is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science in Tel-Aviv University. Earlier he was the Postdoctoral Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Dr. Sadeh held various academic teaching positions in recent years and earned experience also as an economist and a foreign exchange dealer. Dr. Sadeh has a Masters degree in Economics and completed his PhD in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in European integration and in International Political Economy. The title of his dissertation was: Reinterpreting Money in Europe – A Dynamic Theory of Regimes. Currently Dr. Sadeh's research agenda focuses on the domestic politics of exchange rates. He is a member of the European Union Studies Association, The Israeli Association of International Studies and the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration.
Prof. Robbie Sabel
Ambassador Robbie Sabel, PhD is Visiting Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law and at the Department of International Relations of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. He is a former Counselor for Political Affairs at the Israel Embassy, Washington, and later served as the Legal Adviser to the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Director General for Arms Control and Disarmament of the Ministry. Ambassador Sabel was Senior Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, a member of the Israel delegation to the UN General Assembly, to the Peace Talks with Egypt and Jordan and to the post Madrid talks with the Palestinians.
Prof. Yossi Shain
Yossi Shain is the Romulo Betancourt Professor of Political Science at Tel Aviv University where he also serves as the Head of the Aba Eben Program of Diplomacy and Co-Chair of the MA Program in Political Leadership. He is also a Full Professor of Comparative Government and Diaspora Politics at Georgetown University and the Founding Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization. In 2007 he served pro-bono as President of the Western Galilee College. Professor Shain earned his BA in Philosophy (1981) (with distinction) and MA in Political Science (1983) from Tel Aviv University, and received his Ph.D. in Political Science (with distinction) from Yale University in 1988. Since 1989, he has taught Political Science at Tel Aviv University, where he served as Department Chair from 1996 to 1999 and Head of the Hartog School of Government from 2003 to 2007. From 2004 to 2008 he co-directed (with Peter Berkowitz) the Israeli Program on Constitutional Government. He also held visiting appointments at Yale University, Wesleyan University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Middlebury College. He was also a senior fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and visiting scholar at the Center for International Studies at Princeton University. In 2010 he was as visiting Professor at the Sciences Po, Paris. Prior to his appointment as Full Professor at Georgetown University in 2002, Prof. Shain was the Aaron and Cecile Goldman visiting professor in the Department of Government from 1999 to 2002.
Dr. Ephraim Kam
Dr. Ephraim Kam is the Deputy Director of the Institute for National Security Studies. Ephraim Kam served as a Colonel in the Research Division of the Military Intelligence, Israel Defense Forces. By 1993 he retired from the IDF and joined the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies – now The INstitue for National Security Studies – at Tel-Aviv University, where he serves since 1995 as the deputy director. He obtained his Ph.D from Harvard University, USA. Dr. Ephraim Kam specializes in security problems of the Middle East, Iranian strategy, Israel's national security issues, as well as strategic intelligence.
Dr. Jeppe Plenge Trautner
Dr. Jeppe Plenge Trautner is an Associate Professsor with the Royal Danish Defence College. He entered the Danish Army in 1987 and its Reserves in 1989, served with the UN in Kashmir 1992-94, and headed the Department of Defence Management at the Baltic Defence College 1998-2001. A political scientist with a war studies approach he has travelled extensively in various conflict zones. Doing his Phd at Aalborg University, Denmark, he lectured on European security and defence policies there and as visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. Now a Major (Res.) and commanding officer serving with the Danish Air Force and lecturing at various universities and defence instituions, his primary research interest is politico-military interrelations.
Prof. Tamar Meisels
Prof. Tamar Meisels earned her B.A., L.L.B., and M.A. at Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D in Political Theory at Balliol College, Oxford University, in 2000 .Her research interests are: Nationalism and Territorial Rights, Terrorism, Just War Theory.
Dr. Udi Sommer
I am associate professor at the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University and a member of the Israeli Young Academy for Science. I joined the faculty at Tel Aviv in Fall 2010 after teaching at the University at Albany: State University of New York at the political science department there (PhD, Stony Brook University, 2007; MA Tel Aviv University, 2002; BA The Hebrew University, 1999). I am member of the Scientific Council of the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center. In 2016-7 I am at Columbia University of New York as Israel Institute Visiting Professor.
Colonel (Ret.) Miri Eisin
Miri Eisin served in the Israeli intelligence community and retired from active duty at the rank of full colonel in 2004. Over her twenty year career in the military she served as the deputy head of the combat intelligence corps, the personal assistant to the director of Military intelligence and as the intelligence officer in combat units and research departments. After retiring from the military Miri served as the Israeli Prime Minister's international media advisor from the second Lebanon war until the end of 2007.
Mr. Amos Harel
Amos Harel (born 1968) is one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues. He has been the military correspondent and defense analyst for "Ha'aretz", Israel's most respected newspaper for the last thirteen years. In this role, he has written extensively about Israel's ongoing fight against terrorist organizations, its battle with the Palestinian Intifadah (uprising) and the last war in Lebanon. A large part of his work is also available in English, through the "Ha'aretz" English edition (published with the International Herald Tribune) and its English website (haaretz.com). Prior to his current job, he worked as general night editor for "Ha'aretz" for 4 years. Harel has also been an anchorman for a weekly radio program about defense issues broadcasted in Israel's most popular station, IDF Radio between the years 1999 and 2005. He is frequently interviewed on Israeli TV and radio stations and also on American and British stations.
Mr. Niv David
Niv David teaches in the department of political science and is a research fellow in the Yuval Ne'eman Workshop for Science, Technology and Security, Tel-Aviv University. Mr. David holds a bachelor degree in history and multidisciplinary studies, a master's degree, magna cum laude, in Security Studies from Tel-Aviv University and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. In addition to academic practice, he brings more than fifteen years of hands-on and consulting experience in information technology and cyber operations with the government and private sector. Mr. David specializes in technical operations doctrines, information security and cyber strategy and the triangular synergy between technological systems, geopolitics and operational practice.
Dr. Or Honig
Dr. Or Arthur Honig is a lecturer (equivalent to US tenure track assistant professor) in the department of political science at Tel Aviv University. He earned his PhD at UCLA, writing his dissertation on peace processes resolving intra-state conflicts. He was subsequently the Granatstein postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. He is the author of a number of articles on intelligence, counterterrorism, and Middle East politics. He has published mainly on Israeli and American foreign and defense policies. His publications have appeared, inter alia, in the following venues: Security Studies, International Relations, Journal of Strategic Studies, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. His current research focuses on the political consequences of military defeats in the Middle East as well as on American foreign policy in the region. He teaches courses on strategy and civil-military relations, as well as on terrorism and finally on dynamics of political violence in intra-state conflicts.
Dr. Ofer Grosbard
I was born in Tel Aviv in 1954. Graduate of the Faculty of Computer Engineering, Technion, Israel; clinical psychologist and also a graduate of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, GMU (Ph.D); psychotherapist of children, adolescents and adults in my private clinic; cross-cultural researcher, author of 8 books and lecturer. My main interest in the past decade has been mediating East and West – a traditional-collectivist society versus a modern-individual one; the former being an outwardly directed vector in which people tend to think in group terms, while the latter being an inwardly directed vector in which people tend to think in "I" terms. In this way Eastern and Western paradigms of mind are created, which hinders cross-cultural communication in all areas of life. I have a special interest in developing Israelis' ability to communicate in the "cultural language" of their Arab neighbors, and also to understand how Arabs should communicate with Israelis in the Israelis' "cultural language" – in order to ensure that Israelis will be open to receiving their messages.
Dr. Eran Lerman
Deputy National Security Adviser for Foreign Policy and International Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office, 2009-2015. Represented the American Jewish Committee as the Director, Israel and Middle East Office, 2001-2009. Served in the IDF Directorate of Military Intelligence – Analysis and Production Division (Hativat ha-Mehkar) in senior analytical posts, 1990-2001; retired at the rank of Colonel.
Granted a Ph.D. by the London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) in October 1982 for a dissertation on "The Egyptian Question, 1942-1947: The Deterioration of Britain's Position in Egypt, al-Alamein to the U.N. Debate of 1947", under the supervision of Prof. Elie Kedourie. Wexner Program Fellow (mid-career MPA at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard), 1995-1996. Graduated Summa cum Laude from Tel Aviv University in 1979, in the Departments of Modern Middle Eastern History and General History. Taught in Haifa University's Department of Political Science, 1989-1990, as a recipient of the Alon Grant.
Dr. Hanna Lerner
Dr. Hanna Lerner is a senior lecturer in political science at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on comparative constitution writing, religion and politics, international labor rights and global governance. She is the author of Making Constitutions in Deeply Divided Societies (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and coeditor of Global Justice and International Labour Rights (with Yossi Dahan and Faina Milman-Sivan, Cambridge University Press, 2016), Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (with Aslı Ü. Bâli, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), and Handbook on Comparative Constitution Making (with David Landau, Edward Elgar, forthcoming). Dr. Lerner received her PhD in political science from Columbia University and held visiting fellowships at the Institute of International and Regional Studies, Princeton University and at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2014 she co-organized a research group on constitutionalism and religion at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) in Bielefeld University, Germany.
Dr. Emmanuel Navon
Dr. Emmanuel Navon is an International Relations expert who teaches at Tel-Aviv University and at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center. He is a Senior Fellow at the Kohelet Policy forum, a Jerusalem-based conservative-libertarian think tank, and a Senior Analyst for I24News, an Israel-based international TV channel.
Navon has been acclaimed as “the new voice of Israel” for his sharp writing, public speaking, and TV interviews. He has authored three books and dozens of articles that have appeared in prestigious journals such as the Review of International Studies and the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, and in world-class newspapers such as Le Monde and Newsweek. A sought-after public speaker, he has addressed the American Enterprise Institute, AIPAC, the Jewish Federations of North America, as well as leading universities such as Georgetown, Columbia, and HEC Montreal. Navon is a frequent guest for American, French, and Israeli media, and he has appeared on Voice of America, on France 24, and on the Knesset Channel.
Dr. Uriel Abulof
Dr. Uriel Abulof is a Senior Lecturer (US rank Associate Professor) of Politics at Tel-Aviv University and a research fellow at Princeton University’s LISD / Woodrow Wilson School and at the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace. His books include The Mortality and Morality of Nations (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Living on the Edge: The Existential Uncertainty of Zionism (Haifa University Press, 2015), which received Israel’s best academic book award (Bahat Prize). He is also the co-editor of Self- Determination: A Double-Edged Concept (Routledge, 2016). Abulof is the recipient of the 2016 Young Scholar Award in Israel Studies. He studies political legitimation, existentialism, social movements, nationalism and ethnic conflicts. His articles have appeared in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, International Political Sociology, Nations and Nationalism, British Journal of Sociology, European Journal of International Relations, Ethnic and Racial Studies and International Politics.