Our faculty will thus play a critical role in training
cadres of experts in all free countries - experts in
intelligence and diplomacy who are so needed to
address the mounting threat we commonly face.

Prof. Uzi Arad 
Dr. Guy Bechor 
Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami
Dr. Yariv Ben Eliezer
Dr. Isabel Berman  
Dr. Boaz Ganor  
Prof. Galia Golan  
Dr. Eran Halperin
Dr. Liza Ireni-Saban
Dr. Isaac Kfir 
Prof. Alex Mintz 
Prof. David Nachmias  
Dr. Reuven Erlich Neeman  
Dr. Alisa Rubin Peled  
Prof. Amnon Sella  
Prof. Emanuel Sivan  
Leslie Terris
Dr. Hani Zubida

Prof. Uzi Arad
PhD, Princeton University, 1975
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 twenty-five 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
PhD, Tel Aviv University, 1999
Dr. Bechor heads the Middle East Division at the Lauder School of Government. 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.

 
 
Prof. Shlomo Ben-Ami
PhD, Oxford University
Prof. Ben-Ami served in the Israeli government as Foreign Minister and Minister of Internal Security. He was head of the School of History at Tel Aviv University and today is Vice-President of the Toledo International Centre for Peace.

 

Dr. Yariv Ben Eliezer
PhD, New York University, 1977
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, Israeli President Shimon Peres’ 1996 campaign for the premiership, and Herzliya Mayor Yael German’s 1998 and 2003 election campaigns. Dr. Ben Eliezer has written six books and many articles.

 
  

 

Dr. Isabel Berman
PhD, Columbia University, 1985
Dr. Berman taught English as a foreign language at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 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 and developed the communication skills in the English courses.

 

Dr. Boaz Ganor
PhD, 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
PhD, 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. Eran Halperin
PhD, University of Haifa, 2007
Dr. Halperin is currently a post-doc in the Department of Psychology, Stanford University (Fulbright Scholarship). He is also a research fellow in the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. His work integrates psychological and political theories and methods in order to explain different aspects on inter¬group relations and conflicts. Dr. Halperin’s main line of research focuses on the role of negative emotions in conflicts and conflict resolution. In recent years, he has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Social Issues, Political Science Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Peace Psychology and International Journal of Inter-Cultural Relations.

Dr. Liza Ireni-Saban
PhD, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Ireni-Saban received her PhD in Political Science for her doctoral work, Distributive Justice and Genetic Technology: Moral and Political Problems in Democracy. Her main research areas are: ethics in public administration; public policy; comparative public policy; and bioethics. Dr. Ireni-Saban was a co-author of “Regulation of Clinical and Genetic Trials” which was submitted to President Shimon Peres’ Tomorrow Conference 2008. This year she will be teaching a course in Public Administration and Policy at the Lauder School.

Dr. Isaac Kfir
PhD, London School of Economics, 1999
Dr. Kfir is a lecturer 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.
Prof. Rafi Melnick, Provost PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
Prof. Melnick is the former dean of the Lauder School of Government. He is the former deputy director of research at the Bank of Israel. He 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.” He is the director of the investment committee of Migdal Insurance.

 

Prof. Alex Mintz
PhD, Northwestern University, 1981
Prof. Mintz is the dean of the Lauder School of Government and directs the MA Program in Government at IDC Herzliya. He is coeditor of the journal 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 2005 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association 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
PhD, 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. His previous positions were at Tel Aviv University and the University of Wisconsin. He has published numerous books, articles in professional journals and policy papers. Prof. Nachmias 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
PhD, Tel Aviv University, 1998
Dr. Ehrlich 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. Erlich 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
PhD, Harvard University, 1994
Dr. Peled specializes in international political economy, 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. 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 higher educational reform can spark economic development in the region.
 
Prof. Amnon Sella
PhD, 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
PhD, Sorbonne, 1965
Prof. Sivan is an internationally respected authority on Middle Eastern affairs. He chaired the History Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has been a visiting professor at leading universities worldwide. Prof. Sivan served an an advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, and as the chair of the Rothschild Foundation’s Post-Doctoral Committee. He was the editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly and has written numerous books and articles about Islam, fundamentalism and politics in the Middle East.
Leslie Terris
Lesley G. Terris is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on negotiation and mediation processes in international conflicts, while combining game-theoretic modeling with quantitative and qualitative analyses. Her research interests also include the study of international politics through simulations and network analysis.

Dr. Hani Zubida
PhD, New York University, 2006
Dr. Zubida 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.