Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy

Professor Alex Mintz, Head of the Foreign Policy and Security Simulation Unit at the IDC

Professor Alex Mintz is Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC-Herzliya. Professor Mintz is co-editor of the University of Chicago Press Book Series on Leadership and Decision Making in the International Arena (with Rose Mcdermott), editor-in-chief of the journal Political Psychology, associate editor of the Yale-based Journal of Conflict Resolution, and editorial board member of the journals International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective, Open Political Science Journal, and the newly established, European Journal of Political Science.

Prof. Mintz is the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association (ISA), and the 1993 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award of the ISA for the most important contribution of any scholar in the world under age of forty to the scientific study of International Relations. He has published in top academic journals, such as the American Political Science Review (1988, 1989, 1990, 1997), American Journal of Political Science (1988 and 1991), American Journal of Sociology (1986), Political Psychology (2009) and the Journal of Conflict Resolution (1985, 1987, 1993a, 1993b, 1997, 2004a, 2004b, 2006). Mintz has published 10 books or edited books, including several new books with Cambridge University Press (forthcoming) and the University of Chicago Press (forthcoming). He served as President of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the ISA and together with five Nobel Laureates, on the board of the Center for Conflict Management and Prevention in Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Haim Assa  has worked as a military systems analyst and strategist for the past 25 years. Mr. Assa served as the National Security Advisor to Israeli Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin, and from 1992 to 1995 was the first chief of the National Security Team (which later became the National Security Council). He also served as Strategic Advisor to the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami (1999 - 2001) and is presently a consultant to the Prime Minister Office (Strategic Affairs). Mr. Assa, a mathematician, is CEO of Aerodan Integrated Systems Ltd , a high powered systems development firm that provides complex systems designs and development for the Israeli Defense Forces (including large electronic simulations and war-games).  Mr. Assa began his career in the Israeli Air Force in the Operations Research branch (1976-1986)  of the Weapon Systems Division . In 2004 he developed, together with Major General Yedidya Yaari (former Chief of the Israeli Navy), the concept of Diffused Warfare in the IDF.  Their book Diffused Warfare: War in the 21st Century was published in 2005 by Yediot Aharonot and was later published in English by the Strategic Division in Haifa university. 

Mr. Assa’s formal education includes an MSc in Operations Research from the Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa-Technion (Game Theory), and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1993 he received an award from the Israeli Ministry of Defense for “creative thinking”.  He is presently in the process of establishing, together with the Italian company Expert Systems, a new technological company- Tavix- and developing a new fusion technology which entails automated integration of texts and video streams.

The Organizing Committee of the Palestinian State: The Day After Simulation:

Hila Ziv, Michal Shavt, Inbal Hakman, Dana Elman, Eytan Buchman, Shimrit Braun. Ori Barzel, Avner Golov, Adi Dror, Sarit Timor, Aviad Tamir, Shlomi Yass, Matan Safran, Tamar Abo, Ofer Fridman, Naty Rabin, Erez Shalev, Erel Sherman, Itai Tel-Oren, Barak Abraham.