Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy

Research Institutes

The Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS)
The Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) was established in 2000 as part of the Lauder School. Its primary objective is to enhance Israeli national policy and contribute to the improvement of its strategic decision-making process, through rigorous policy-driven research and direct discussion between policy analysts and policymakers. The flagship of the IPS’s activities is the annual Herzliya Conference on the Balance of Israel’s National Security. Bringing the nation’s most influential 500 political, military, intelligence, and business leaders under one roof, the goal of the Herzliya Conference is to analyze and revitalize the nation’s security agenda. The President of Israel, current and former Prime Ministers, IDF chief-of-staff, the Minister of Defense, the Foreign Minister, other senior Cabinet Ministers, the head of the Mossad and renowned security advisors are regular participants. The Prime Minister of Israel has chosen the annual Herzliya Conference as the venue to deliver his last four "State of the Nation" addresses.
 IPS also commissions task forces and advisory panels of highly qualified individuals with diverse outlooks, experience and expertise. These teams, established on an ad hoc basis or by official government request, provide assessments and policy advice. They function on a nonpartisan, independent basis and many of their reports are discussed at the Herzliya Conference.


Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center
The Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center strives to produce accurate, groundbreaking research and analyze on contemporary issues through rigorous, objective scholarship, using the latest technologies. GLORIA focuses on the modern Middle East, U.S. and European foreign policy, and Turkish studies and aims to provide reliable research materials for scholars, policymakers, diplomats, journalists, and students.


Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)
ICT is an academic research institute that was established in 1996 to develop innovative public-policy solutions to regional and international terrorism. ICT has received worldwide recognition for its applied research to develop counter-terrorism solutions; its work has influenced decision-makers around the globe. One of central aspects of ICT's public outreach program is the institute's internet site www.ict.org.il.

The International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community (ICTAC)
The International Counter-Terrorism Academic Community, which is chaired by Dr. Boaz Ganor, brings together academic institutions involved in terrorism research and counter-terrorism policy around the world. Just as the terrorists have formed networks, so must counter-terrorism experts learn to network between like-minded organizations. ICTAC is designed to meet this challenge. ICT plays a leading role in the community.

The International Homeland Security Studies Program
ICT and the Lauder School have joined forces to offer an innovative Executive Certificate Program in Homeland Security Studies. The program combines practical approaches and theoretical studies, based on the experience of the Lauder School and the ICT have accumulated in this field. 
The Homeland Security Studies program combines academic studies with on-site briefings, simulations, models and workshops. Presented in English to senior executives and academics from around the globe, the courses provide concentrated, in-depth exposure to the phenomenon of modern terrorism and its characteristics, modus operandi, scope and dissemination throughout the world.