Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy

Faculty of the Lauder School of Government

The faculty of the Lauder School of Government is world-renowned and includes senior professors and lecturers who joined IDC Herzliya after many years of teaching at the best universities in Israel and around the world. Alongside them are successful senior executives who have accumulated a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors and can connect the theoretical studies to the real world.


Full Time Faculty

Prof. Uzi Arad ( On leave)
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1975

Prof. Arad is the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Security Council in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Prof. Arad is the Founding Director of IDC Herzliya’s Institute for Policy and Strategy, which convenes the Herzliya Conference, and is an advisor to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He is an expert on international strategy, Middle East politics and security, and transatlantic affairs. After 25 years of service in Israel’s foreign intelligence service, the Mossad, culminating in his tenure as director of intelligence, then-prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu appointed him to be his foreign policy advisor. He also has served as a professional staff member of the Hudson Institute and a research fellow at Tel Aviv University’s Center for Strategic Studies. 


Dr. Guy Bechor
Ph.D., Tel Aviv University, 1999

Dr. Bechor heads the Middle East division at the Lauder School of Government and teaches at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications. He has written several books and academic articles on Arab civil law and the politics and history of the Arab Middle East. Dr. Bechor has served as a lecturer and consultant to the IDF, Israel Police and Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He helped establish the Arabic website of the Yedioth Aharonot daily newspaper and has been an Arab affairs commentator for leading newspapers and TV stations like CNN, Al-Jazeera and the BBC. Dr. Bechor is a member of the Israeli Bar Association and the Israeli Press Council.


Dr. Yariv Ben Eliezer
Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Ben Eliezer is the director of media studies at the Lauder School of Government and of the political and marketing communications program at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications. He has served as the Dean of the Media School at the College of Management in Tel Aviv. He has held senior positions in political campaigns, including the Tzomet Party’s 1992 Knesset campaign, Haim Ramon’s campaign for the Histadrut leadership, Labor Party Chairman Shimon Peres’ 1996 campaign for the premiership and Herzliya Mayor Yael German’s 1998 and 2003 election campaigns. He has written six books and many articles in the field of mass communication.


Dr. Isabel Berman
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1985

Dr. Berman taught English as a foreign language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and was the first English consultant for the AMIR (English placement test) produced by the National Institute of Testing. She co-directed the development of seven EFL reading courses at the Open University, where she continues to work with the reading program and with special courses for the Ministry of Education. She developed and taught an English program for Foreign Ministry cadets as well as one for Knesset members. She has been with IDC Herzliya since its inception as Ramot Mishpat and developed the communication skills in English courses for students of the law, government, international and communications schools.


Dr. Boaz Ganor
Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2002

Dr. Ganor is the Deputy Dean of the Lauder School of Government and Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the International Academic Counter-Terrorism Community (ICTAC). Dr. Ganor served as a consultant to the Israeli government on counter-terrorism. He was a member of Israeli national and international commissions on counter-terrorism. From 1996 to 2000, he was a member of the trilateral (Palestinian, Israeli and American) committee on incitement, which was established under the Wye Accords. Dr. Ganor is the author of numerous articles on counter-terrorism and the book The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A Guide for Decision Makers.


Prof. Galia Golan
Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1970

Prof. Golan is the Academic Director of the government program at the Raphael Recanati International School. She specializes in international crises, the Arab-Israeli conflict and current political issues and is the recipient of the Israel Political Science Association Achievement Award. A specialist on Soviet and Russian foreign affairs, she was the chairperson of the Department of Political Science, the Darwin Professor of Soviet and East European Studies, and the chairperson of the Lafer Center for Women’s Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been a consultant to the IDF and the Foreign Ministry and she is the author of nine books in the area of international relations and the Middle East.


Dr. Isaac Kfir
Ph.D., London School of Economics, 1999

Dr. Isaac Kfir is a lecturer and researcher at the Raphael Recanati International School, the Lauder School of Government and the Institute for Counter-Terrorism at IDC Herzliya. Prior to coming to Israel, he served as a research fellow in international relations at the University of Buckingham. His research interests ranged from United Nations peacekeeping, peace-building and peacemaking to counter-terrorism policies and legislation in developing countries, on which he has written a number of research papers.


RafiProf. Rafi Melnick
Ph.D., University of California, at Berkeley

Prof. Melnick is the Provost at IDC Herzliya and former Dean of the Lauder School of Government. He is the former deputy director of research at the Bank of Israel. Prof. Melnick has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Boston University and the University of California, at Davis. He has published articles in the areas of monetary economics, inflation and applied econometrics. Prof. Melnick developed and publishes a monthly state of the Israeli economy index, "The Melnick Index" and serves as Director of the investment committee of Migdal Insurance. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Psagot Ofek Investment House Ltd., former research associate at the Center for Social Policy Studies Research in Israel, and former chairman of the investment committee of Hamagen Insurance.


Prof. Alex Mintz
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1981

Prof. Mintz is the Dean of the Lauder School of Government and Director of the M.A. Program in Government at IDC Herzliya.  He is coeditor of Foreign Policy Analysis, associate editor for experiments and simulations of the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and editor-in-chief of the Palgrave-Macmillan Book Series on Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis. Prof. Mintz received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association in 2005 for his work in foreign policy analysis. He was appointed, along with four Nobel laureates, to the advisory board of the Center for Conflict Prevention and Management at the University of Sydney, Australia.


Prof. David Nachmias
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1971

Prof. Nachmias heads the Reinventing Israeli Government Project at IDC Herzliya and specializes in public policy, public administration and Israeli politics. He previously held positions at Tel Aviv University and the University of Wisconsin. He has published numerous books, articles in professional journals and policy papers. He has received several international awards, including being named a Fulbright Senior Scholar and receiving the Donald Campbell Award for methodological innovations in policy studies.


Dr. Reuven Ehrlich Neeman
Ph.D., Tel Aviv University, 1998

Dr. Ehrlich served in the IDF Intelligence Corps for 30 years, attaining the rank of colonel. He is a graduate of the National Defense College. He lectures on intelligence studies at IDC Herzliya and is the head of the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Israel Intelligence Heritage and Commemoration Center for Special Studies. Dr. Ehrlich served as the Israeli government’s deputy coordinator for Lebanese affairs and was a member of the Israeli delegation to the bilateral peace talks with Lebanon. He has written five books and numerous articles on Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian affairs.


Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1994

Dr. Peled specializes in international political economy (with a focus on the Middle East), business-government relations and globalization. She is the Academic Director of the Argov Fellows Program in Leadership and Diplomacy. She has held teaching and research positions at Harvard University, Brandeis University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She also has worked as an equity investment analyst in Israel and in Boston. Her first book, Debating Islam in the Jewish State, examines Israeli policy towards its Muslim minority. Her current research focuses on the role of American universities in the Middle East and how the reform of higher education can spark economic development in the region.


Prof. Amnon Sella
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 1973

Prof. Sella has taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has served as a visiting professor at Oxford and Georgetown universities. Prof. Sella’s areas of expertise include Soviet and Russian studies, Red Army and Soviet military doctrine, Russia as a state in transition, the history of world order in the 20th century, and issues of security and ethics in Israel and in general.


Prof. Emmanuel Sivan
Ph.D., Sorbonne, 1965

Prof. Sivan is an internationally respected authority on Middle Eastern affairs. Prof. Sivan chaired the history department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has been a visiting professor at leading universities in North America and Europe. He served as the editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly, the deputy chairman of the Israel Science Foundation, and an advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office. He chairs the Rothschild Foundation’s Post-doctoral Committee. Prof. Sivan has written books and dozens of articles for influential academic journals about Islam, fundamentalism and politics in the Middle East, among other topics.


Dr. Hani Zubida
Ph.D., New York University, 2006

Dr. Zubida earned a B.A. in political science and sociology at Tel Aviv University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in politics at New York University. His M.A. thesis was recognized by the Israeli Political Science Association as the best M.A. dissertation for 2002. He served as a research assistant at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University and has taught at various universities in Israel and the U.S. Dr. Zubida has written articles for academic journals and presented papers at international conferences on electoral systems, voting behavior, comparative politics, political methodology and statistics, public opinion, Israeli politics and society, the Israeli electoral system and the Middle East peace process. Dr. Zubida also has served as a consultant to Standard and Poor's.

Adjunct Faculty

ElyDr. Ely Karmon
Ph.D., University of Haifa

Dr. Karmon is a Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya. He lectures on terrorism and guerrilla warfare in modern times at IDC Herzliya, at the IDF Military College, and at the National Security Seminar of the Galilee College. He holds a B.A. in English and French Culture from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a Licence in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and a Licence in Bantu languages from the Ecole de Langues Orientales in Paris. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Haifa University. Dr. Karmon serves as an advisor to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, is a member of The Atlantic Forum of Israel, and is involved in NATO workshops on terrorism and on the Mediterranean Dialogue. He is a member of the International Permanent Observatory (IPO) on Security Measures During Majors Events at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), Turin, Italy. He also served as advisor of the Anti-Semitism Monitoring Forum of the Israeli Government Secretariat. Shari and Herb Rosen visiting fellow 2002 at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which published his policy memorandum, Fight on All Fronts? Hezbollah, the War on Terror, and the War in Iraq (December 2003).

NatanProf. Natan Lerner
Dr.J., University of Buenos Aires

Prof. Lerner is a senior lecturer and researcher at the Radzyner School of Law at IDC Herzliya. In addition to his IDC Herzliya position, Lerner was Associate Professor of International Law at Tel Aviv University. His doctoral thesis was published in Buenos Aires in the Enciclopedia Juridica Omeba. He practiced law in Buenos Aires from 1950 to 1962. From 1963 to 1966 he was in charge of the Latin American Desk of the World Jewish Congress in New York. From 1966 to 1983 he was Director of the Israel Branch of the World Jewish Congress. From 1984 to 1989 he was Director of the International Center for the University Teaching of Jewish Civilization. Since 1970, he taught courses in International Law, Human Rights and Latin American Studies at the Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa universities. He has engaged in full time teaching since 1989. He taught courses in several universities abroad, was consultant on Racial Discrimination to the UNESCO and is a member of academic committees. Lerner wrote extensively on human rights, discrimination and minorities in English, Hebrew and Spanish.

LiorCol. (Res.) Lior Lotan Adv.

A Senior Research Scholar and former Executive Director at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at IDC Herzliya. Former commander of the IDF's Hostage and Crisis Negotitation and Counter-Terrorism Units. He is an attorney who specializes in corporate law. His areas of expertise are hostage barricade situations and counter-terrorism strategy. In addition, he headed a professional team of operations and intelligence experts for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. Col. Lotan lectures both in Israel and abroad on counter-terrorism, global jihad, hostage negotiations, Hezbollah, insurgency and counter-insurgency.

GuyDr. Guy Seidman
S.J.D., Northwestern University of Chicago

A Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Law at the Radzyner School of Law at IDC Herzliya, Dr. Seidman is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (LL.B., 1989; LL.M. 1995) and Northwestern University of Chicago, Illinois (LL.M., 1997, S.J.D. 1999). A former officer in the Israeli Judge Advocate General Corps., Dr. Seidman is primarily interested in administrative and constitutional law, and in comparative law and legal traditions. Other teaching and research interests include military law, Medieval legal history, Anglo-American legal history, and, more recently, some aspects of comparative regulation. Dr. Seidman has been on faculty at the IDC since 1999, and has visited the University of Chicago (fall 2002) and Northwestern University (Seale Scholarship, 2003-2004). Dr. Seidman is a member of the Israel Bar Association since 1991, the Israeli Association of Public Law, the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society (IUS) and Law & Society.

HillelDr. Hillel Sommer
J.S.D., Yale University

Dr. Sommer received the degree of J.S.D. (Doctor of the Science of Law) from Yale Law School in 1994. His dissertation, in the area of tax policy, is entitled "Depreciation: a Quest for an Individualized Cost Recovery Policy". Dr. Sommer received the degree of LL.M. from Yale Law School in 1989 and his LL.B, magna cum laude, in 1988 from Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law. Sommer is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for his studies at Yale. In addition to his position at the Radzyner School of Law at IDC Herzliya, Dr. Sommer serves as legal counsel to several leading TV entertainers and journalists. In the past, Sommer (who is admitted to practice law in Israel and in New York) practiced with Haim Zadock & Co., Tel Aviv, and with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Prior to joining IDC Herzliya, Sommer was a member of the Law School faculty at Bar Ilan University. Sommer published several law review articles in Israel and abroad.

Guest Lecturers

Dr. Eitan Alimi
Dr. Eitan Azani
Prof. Jacob Bercovitch
Mr. David Brodet
Dr. Jonathan Fine
Prof. Bruce Hoffman
Prof. Louis Kreisberg
Prof. Ariel Merari
Prof. Shaul Mishal
Prof. David Rosenblum
Dr. Maoz Rosenthal
Prof. Itai Sened