Academic Faculty

Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled

Alisa Rubin Peled serves as the founding academic director of the Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy, IDC`s honors program in government. She is also the academic director of the Tikvah Program in Political Leadership at the Lauder School of IDC, a new national leadership program for Israel`s top students.
Alisa specializes in international political economy (with a focus on the Middle East), business-government relations, globalization and international higher education. She completed a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and a M.A. in International Economics and Finance at Brandeis University. Alisa has held teaching and research positions at Harvard University, Brandeis University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has also worked as an equity investment analyst in Israel and in Boston.
Alisa is currently completing a book on American universities in the Arab world which is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. Her first book, Debating Islam in the Jewish State (SUNY Press, 2001), examines the development of Israeli policy towards the religious institutions of the Muslim minority in the state.

Prof. Moshe Maor

Moshe Maor is Wolfson Family Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His areas of expertise include comparative public administration, bureaucratic organizations and public sector reforms. Maor's writings have appeared in leading scholarly journals such as the European Journal of Political Research; the Journal of Theoretical Politics; Governance, Public Administration Review and Public Administration. His books include Barriers to Entry into Israeli Politics (with G. Doron, Tel Aviv: Ramot, 1989); Political Parties and Party Systems: Comparative Approaches and the British Experience (London: Routledge, 1997), and Parties, Conflicts and Coalitions in Western Europe: Organizational Determinants of Coalition Bargaining (London: Routledge and the LSE, 1998). Recently, his research has focused on organizational reputations and the FDA. Among Prof. Maor's popular publications, the most publicly visible is The Right Way to Society (Hakibbu tz Hameuchad and Menachem Begin Heritage Center, 2004).

Rabbi and Dr. Jonathan Fine                                                                              Dr. Jonathan Fine is an expert on Political Military Studies, Terrorism & Guerilla Warfare, Arms Control and Israeli Studies. He completed his Ph.d at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, exploring "The Establishment of the Israeli Governmental System Between:1947-1951",where he analyzed the impact of the 1948 war on government policies and political institutions. Dr.Fine is also a graduate of the ICT special Executive Program on Counter Terrorism, and has an intesive background in modern history, political science and international relations. In recent years he was a professional strategic adviser in various fields, and a visiting profesor and lecture in the USA, Germany, Spain, The Russian Federation, Argentina,Uruguay and Mexico. Today,he conducts research and teaches "The Philosophy of Modern Terrorism & Guerilla Warfare" at the ICT and the IDC. He also teaches Arms Control & Regional Security in the Middle East, The Israeli-Arab Conflict,EU & US Policy in the Middle East, and Terrorism, at the overseas programs at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Ben-Gurion. He also lectures at the IDF college for tactical command and the Israeli Air Force pilot cadets academic program.

Dr. Chanan Goldschmidt
Prior to receiving his Ph.D.(1997), Chanan Goldschmidt completed his B.Sc. in Mathematics and Psychology (1990) and his MA in Psychology (cum laude) at the Hebrew University (1992). He also received a Teaching Diploma from the Educational Department at the Hebrew University (1990). During his Ph.D. studies he decided to focus on Decision-Making and Psychology & Law, and studied Law at the Hebrew U. He received his LL.B. in Law from Hebrew U. during the year 1994. He has been faculty member at IDC (Interdisciplinary center Herzeliya) between the years 1997-2002 and lecturer at Hebrew University since 1996. Before 1997, Chanan Goldschmidt was Director of Test Development Department at the National Institute of Testing and Evaluation (N.I.T.E.). N.I.T.E. is responsible for constructing and administering the Psychometric Entrance Test (PET), as well as other exams used by universities in Israel for purposes of selection and placement of candidates. Chanan Goldschmidt`s areas of research are now alternative dispute resolution, negotiation and decision making in the field of Psychology & Law. His publications include: 1. Goldschmidt C. (2002). “Further Hearing in the Supreme Court – Theoretical and Empirical Issues”. Accepted for publication in “Israeli Law Review”. 2. Goldschmidt C. and Bukspan E. (2002). “On Negotiation and Contract Law – Sec. 12 of Contracts (General Part) Law 5733-1973 as Reflected in Theoretical Approaches to Negotiation”. Forthcoming in “Festschrift for Chief Justice Meir Shamgar” (in Hebrew). 3. Goldschmidt C. (2001). “Adoption, Common-Law marriage and Homosexuality”. “Hamishpat”, 12, pp. 34-44 (in Hebrew). 4. Goldschmidt C. (1999). “The real ‘Lie detector’- Aspects of Psychology and law”. Orech – Hadin, 11, pp.42-3 (in Hebrew).

Dr. Neil Weiner
Dr. Weiner graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, then received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and his M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Weiner practiced corporate and commercial law, then became Vice President and General Counsel of AAR Corp., a New-York-Stock-Exchange-listed company, then Executive Vice President Operations and Finance, and a shareholder, of G-K-G, Inc., exclusive midwest distributor for Seiko. Mr. Weiner started Background Briefing® to concisely explain fundamentals about front-page news. He also briefed readers through a weekly column in the Chicago Sunday Sun-Times, and listeners through a series of 25-minute segments on Chicago Public Radio. Mr. Weiner is a founding member of the National Strategy Forum (

Dr. Yair MacClanahan: Yair MacClanahan Shophet is currently a lecturer at the Hebrew University, the IDC and Ben Gurion University in a range of fields, amongst others: political economics, globalisation, European Union studies, and history. His finished his post-doctoral programme at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2006, within the field of international relations. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the forces behind the process of supranational integration, presented on the 27th of May 2005 at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Before that he studied at the London School of Economics. He aims to spend the next few years on deepening his research within the field of integrative theory.

Dr. Isaac Berzin
Dr. Berzin is a Senior Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC) and an Affiliated Scientist at MIT. Isaac was named one the 100 most influential people in politics, business, and science in 2008 by the Time Magazine. He is the founder of Green Fuel Technologies in Cambridge; and, his innovative work in Clean Energy has won numerous awards. Dr. Isaac Berzin is the inventor of over 12 patents and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Dr. Alon Peled
Dr. Alon Peled is a Senior Fellow at Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.Dr. Peled recieved his Phd from Harvard and his research interests include; Comparative politics; public administration and public policy; technology and politics; the politics and management of computing and innovation in public organizations.

Dr. Dalia Fadila

Dr. Dalia Fadila is currently Deputy President of Al-Qasemi Academy, an Arab college of Education in Israel. She has acted as the president of the college for a period of six months. She is also a fellow member of the "EU Visitors Program," and "IPPA" - the Israeli Association for Organizational Development. Dr. Fadila is an expert in American literature, women's literature and ethnic studies. She has led and managed national and international seminars and projects on issues of gender, culture and identity. Of deep concern to her are developing quality education for the Arab minority in Israel, and empowering Arab women. She has established a private school for teaching English called Q Schools - English Language and HR Development that proposes a unique approach to learning/teaching English suited to Arab students. Dr. Fadila is currently also faculty member of IDC-Inter Disciplinary Center of Herzliya. 

Mr. Ira Reiner
Ira Reiner was Los Angeles City Controller from 1977 to 1981, and was City Attorney from 1981 to 1984.He was the Los Angeles County District Attorney from 1984 to 1992.[1] As District Attornery he supervised the prosecution of several high profile cases, including the murder trial of Richard Ramírez, the police beating of Rodney King, and the McMartin Preschool child abuse case. After retirement from office he entered private practice with the firm of Riley and Reiner.

Ms. Miri Eisin
Miri is a retired Colonel, who served for 20 years in the Israeli intelligence community. She served in distinction in various positions – in combat units (at the brigade and division level), in the research dep’t (at general headquarters and in the northern regional command), and as the assistant to the Director of Military Intelligence.
Miri was assigned as the spokesperson of the Israeli government during The Second Lebanon war in July 2006, and continued in the position of the Prime ministers foreign media advisor until the end of 2007. She served in the past as a special spokesperson during operation “defensive shield” in April - May 2002.
Miri is married and has three children. She holds a Masters in security studies from Haifa University, and is a graduate of the Israeli National Defense College. She is presently writing her doctoral dissertation on Political narratives in the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

Ms. Sara M. Averick

Prior to founding Lead Story Plus, Ltd., the Jerusalem-based PR firm, Sara M. Averick was Director of Research at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the pro-Israel lobby, in Washington, D.C.  She also served as an editor at The Jerusalem Report.  Ms. Averick, who earned a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, teaches at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.

Mrs. Jill Reinach

Mrs. Jill Marie Reinach is a mother, wife, and an adjunct lecturer in the Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, as well as in the Raphael Recanati International School at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya.
Prior, Mrs. Reinach served as an Advisor to the Speaker of the Knesset, Ms. Dalia Itzik, MK.  She also was the Director of International Strategy, Policy and Communications in the Office of the then Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres (who is currently Israel’s ninth President), where she also advised on Jewish community affairs.  
In her almost 20 years of experience in the fields of international affairs and communications, Mrs. Reinach also served as Foreign Media Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she worked with a range of Ministers. She was also a member of the official Israeli Press and Information Delegations to various peace talks – including to the Israeli delegations to the Madrid and Moscow Peace Conferences; the Aqaba Summit, which was attended by U.S. President George Bush, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas; the Washington Middle East Peace Talks; as well as the Dead Sea Peace Talks with the Jordanians. She also worked in Israeli Government Media Centers during times of crisis, as well as at The Hague during the International Court of Justice Proceedings on Israel’s Security Fence.  She also was a key player in the official international public relations operations of the Jerusalem 3000 celebrations.
Immediately after her aliya from the United States in 1990, Mrs. Reinach worked as the Head of the Israel Office of the American Association for Ethiopian Jewry. Prior to her aliya she worked as a Senior Research Analyst for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
Mrs. Reinach holds an International Executive MBA Degree from Kellogg-Recanati (Northwestern University-Tel Aviv University) and a BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania. 
Mrs. Reinach has served as President of the Kellogg Recanati Alumni and is on the Board of the Youth Renewal Fund which provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged Israeli youth. She is also on the Board of Youth University which provides Israel’s top high-school students from the periphery a chance to learn early at a University level; as well as the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, which brings high school students to Israel to learn about the history and heritage of the Jewish People.
She is happily married to Dr. Eyal Solganik, a mentsch, as well as the mother to Ilai Uriel, a true gift.

Ms. Anat Itay
Ms. Anat Itay is completing her PhD at the Department of Political Science, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research on contemporary models and theories of progress focuses on developing an incorporated qualitative model for progress to challenge the economic, quantitative one. Her research interests include: quality of life studies, political theory and public policy. She holds M.A and B.A degrees in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and conducted a two year research at the School of Public Policy, UCL, the University of London. Among her publications: ‘Conceptions of Progress: How is Progress Perceived? Mainstream Versus Alternative Conceptions of Progress’, (Social Indicators Research, 2009), and ‘A Multi-Layered Model for Measuring Progress and Quality of Life: Israel’s Progress Index’ (Applied Research in Quality of Life, 2010). Ms. Itay is also leading the project of Israel’s Progress Index, a non-profit initiative to measure and evaluate progress and quality of life in Israel. The project is the official representative of OECD global project on ‘Measuring the Progress of Societies”, and is multi-layered, incorporating work with Government level, local organisations and community participation.