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Dr. Chuck Freilich

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Dr. Chuck Freilich served as deputy national security adviser in Israel. Currently, he is an adjunct professor at Stern College for Women and a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

He recently completed a first-of-its-kind book on Israel’s national security decision making processes (“Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy,” Cornell Press, 2012), and is working on a new book on Israeli national security strategy.

Chuck’s primary areas of expertise are the Middle East, US-Middle East policy and Israeli national security policy. He teaches political science at Harvard, NYU, Columbia and Tel Aviv Universities.

Chuck has appeared as a commentator for ABC, CNN, NPR, Al Jezeera and various US and Israeli radio and TV stations. He has been quoted in the NY Times and published numerous articles and op-eds.

Chuck was a Senior Analyst at the Israel Ministry of Defense, policy adviser to a cabinet minister, a delegate at the Israeli Mission to the UN and the executive director of two non- profits. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for five years and is a reserve major.

Chuck earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Born in New York, he immigrated to Israel in his teens. He has two grown children, Lior and Tal.

Sample Titles

  • The Iranian Nuclear Threat: Ramifications for the US, Israel and the Region
  • Speaking About the Unspeakable: The US-Israeli Dialogue on the Iranian Nuclear Program
  • “Never Again” – The Iranian Threat and a Mid East Strategic Overview
  • Syria: the Fault Line in the Mideast – Ramifications for the US, Israel and the Region
  • How Events in Syria May Transform the Region
  • Understanding the Syrian Conflagration and Its Ramifications
  • The Arab Spring: Ramifications for the Region, Israel and the US
  • Why the Middle East Erupted – and Why it Will Continue to Do So
  • The Arab Spring – Where Is It Heading
  • Is the Mid East Peace Process Dead?
  • Can the Peace Process Be Saved? Achieving a Two-State Solution
  • Settlements and Occupation, or Palestinian Rejectionism: Why Has the Peace Process Failed?
  • How to Reach a Practical Two State Solution
  • Mid East Overview – Regional Update
  • Mid East Strategic Overview – Regional Update and an Israeli (and American) Perspective
  • An Insider’s Perspective on the Middle East: Threats and Opportunities
  • Whither Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt? Ramifications for the US, Israel in the region
  • Understanding the Middle East: An Introduction to Egyptian/Iranian/Saudi/Turkish/Syrian/Lebanese National Security Policy
  • Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy – Israel’s National Security Decision-making Processes
  • Fundamentals of Israeli National Security Strategy – Threats and Strategic Reponses
  • Getting Back to Basics (or The Heart of the Conflict); Israel’s Security Threats and Strategy
  • Israeli National Security Strategy in a Changing World and Region
  • A Jewish State, Not a Jewish Disneyland: Israel – Strategic Overview

 

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