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


Israel’s National Security Strategy and Nuclear Capabilities

  • Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change – subject of my book, Oxford Press, 2018
  • From Ben-Gurion to Bibi: Seven Decades of Israeli National Security Strategy
  • The Changing Nature of the Military Threat and Israel’s Response
  • Israel’s Purported Nuclear Capabilities: Unwrapping a Mystery Inside an Enigma



  • Israel and the Cyber Threat – subject of my forthcoming book, 2019
  • How the Startup Nation Became a Global Cyber Power; an Untold Success Story



  • “Never Again” – the Iranian Nuclear Threat and How to Stop It
  • Thinking the Unthinkable; the US, Israel, and the Iranian Nuclear Program
  • The Iranian Nuclear Deal in Hindsight, and Where We Go from Here


Hamas and Hezbollah

  • “Attrition until Destruction”: Hezbollah’s and Hamas’ Strategy Against Israel
  • Confronting Hamas and Hezbollah: The Threat and Israel’s Response
  • Flaming Kites, Incendiary Balloons and Rockets; The Hezbollah and Hamas Threat


Peace Process

  • Is a Two State Solution Still Viable?
  • How to Achieve a Two State a Solution in 45 Minutes
  • Why the Peace Process Failed and What to Do about It


Delegitimization/BDS Campaign

  • Diplomatic Warfare, Delegitimization and BDS; the Challenge and How to Fight Back


US-Israeli Relations

  • The US-Israeli “Special Relationship”; What Is It, Where Is It Going
  • Can Israel Survive Today Without the US?
  • Clouds on the Horizon: the Future of the US-Israeli “Special Relationship”


Israeli National Security Decision-Making Processes

  • How Israel Makes National Security Policy – subject of my book (Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy, Cornell Press 2012)
  • Israel’s National Security Council: from Bureaucratic Obscurity to Center Stage


The Changing Middle East

  • From ISIS to Teheran – Where is the Middle East Heading?
  • The Changing Middle East: Ramifications for the Region, Israel and the US
  • Why the Middle East Erupted – and Why it Will Continue to Do So