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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Dr. Hilla Dotan
Dr. Hilla Dotan is member of the Recanati/Coller School of Management and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Dotan specializes in business, international and diplomatic Negotiations and teaches International Negotiations in the Diplomacy and Security Program for Executives, and Advanced Negotiations in the Mediation and Conflict Resolution program at Tel-Aviv University, training top leaders, diplomats, mediators and expatriates how to master complex global negotiations. Moreover, she teaches business negotiations and Relationship Building in the Full-Time MBA, International MBA and Special MBA program for Physicians. Dr. Dotan received her Ph.D. Degree in Management from the UCLA Anderson School, CA, USA and her B.A. degree in Economics and Psychology from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Dr. Dotan has been awarded The Recanati “Best Faculty Teaching Award” five times: in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
Dr. Dotan’s research focuses on informal relationships at work (e.g. workplace friendships) and their effects on various organizational outcomes including job performance, motivation, loyalty, organizational commitment, and absenteeism. Her research and its implications provide managers not only a better understanding of the internal informal dynamics of their organization but practical tools of how to improve these for both employees and the organization. Dr. Dotan has been awarded international best paper awards for her research and is also the recipient of prestigious grants and fellowships such as The USA Gladys M. Byram Fellowship and the Israeli Ministry of absorption Grant. Her research has been published in international academic journals as well as appeared in various media outlets including The Economist, The Jewish Weekly, The Marker, The Jerusalem Post, Haa’retz, Calcalist, and the German Newspaper WIWO. Her recent research on Women, Negotiations and Friendships appeared in the 2017 Forbes Magazine, The Cosmopolitan and the Danish Business Newspaper.
Dr. Amit Sheniak is the Cyber-security policy coordinator of the Israel’s Ministry of Defense Political-Military Directorate and a consultant to Israel’s National Cyber Directorate (INCD). During the past decade he has served as a chief policy advisor and strategy analyst in various capacities at Israel’s parliament, the Ministry of Defense and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Dr. Sheniak holds a PhD in political science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a post-doc from Harvard University’s Program for Science, Technology and Society (STS) in the Kennedy School of Government.
His research focuses on the social and political context of cybersecurity policy formation and its effect on international order, sovereignty, legitimacy and nationalism in democratic and non-democratic states.
Yoav Fromer earned his PhD from the New School for Social Research. He teaches American History, Politics and Culture at Tel Aviv University. He has taught in the past at Yeshiva University, the New School for Social Research and the New York Institute of Technology. In addition to his academic research that focuses on postwar American liberalism and conservatism, he is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post on issues relating to American politics and foreign policy. Yoav also serves as a senior editor and commentator for “Yediot Aharonot” and edits its Op-Ed section. He is currently at work on a book about Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan for which he has received a research grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.
Dr. Yaacov Falkov teaches at Tel Aviv University and is a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford, the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, and Yad Vashem. He holds a PhD in history and a MA in security and diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. Dr. Falkov is the author of the monograph Forest Spies. The Intelligence Activity of the Soviet Partisans (The Hebrew University Magnes Press and the Yad Vashem Press, 2017), as well as of several articles on the guerrilla warfare history
Dr. Tomer Fadlon is an International Relations expert. His PhD thesis, titled “Bombing Civilians in Symmetric Wars,” focused on the decision-making process that ultimately leads to the bombing of civilians. Tomer is a Neubauer Research Associate at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), where he specializes in the political economy of the Middle East.
“Dr. Azriel Bermant is a historian and an international relations scholar. He is a lecturer in international Relations at Tel Aviv University and at the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a research fellow in security studies at the University of Nottingham between 2018 and 2019, and a research fellow in the arms control and regional security program at the Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University, between 2012 and 2015. He is the author of Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East (2016, Cambridge University Press). His work has been published in distinguished journals such as The International History Review and in leading publications, including Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, Haaretz, Prospect Magazine and Standpoint. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. "
Brigadier General (Ret.) Itai Brun is the Deputy Director for Research and Analysis at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). In his last position in the IDF he served as the head of Israel Defense Intelligence (IDI) Analysis Division (2011-2015). Prior to this position, he was the head of the Analysis Department in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence and the first director of the IDF's DADO Center for Interdisciplinary Military Studies.
Itai is a lawyer by training. His academic background includes Law and Political Science. He earned his LL.B Degree (Law studies) from Haifa University (cum laude) and a Master's Degree in Political Science (Diplomacy and Security Studies) from Tel-Aviv University (cum laude). Brun is teaching courses on intelligence and national security at the Tel-Aviv University, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and the Haifa University.
Brigadier General (Ret.) Itai Brun published a series of articles on intelligence, air power and military doctrine. His book Intelligence Analysis - Understanding Reality in time of Dramatic Changes was published in 2021 (Hebrew updated edition) and in 2018 (updated English version) by the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center (IICC). He is the co-author (with Itamar Rabinovich) of the book Israel Facing a New Middle East: In Search of a National Security Strategy (2017), published by the Hoover Institution Press.
Intelligence organizations dealing with the Middle East have been challenged, over the last several years, by a complex and rapidly changing environment, which in the opinion of many, can only be defined as unprecedented. The seminar "Intelligence - Challenges in an Era of Dramatic Changes" focuses on the essence of intelligence, its part in the decision-making process and the way it copes with the changes in the strategic and operational environment. The seminar will deal with existing definitions for intelligence, the different approaches to intelligence, the relations of intelligence with decision makers, the phenomena of surprise, the analysis methodology, and the role of intelligence in war (and in other types of conflict). In addition, the seminar will examine the implications of the information revolution and the development of the cyber dimension on intelligence.