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National Security Decision-Making in Israel


National Security Decision-Making in Israel

Brown Bag Lunch
Series: International Security Brown Bag Seminar
Open to the Public - Belfer Center Library, Littauer-369
February 13, 2014
12:15-2:00 p.m.

Speaker: Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Related Project: International Security


Senior Fellow Charles Freilich will discuss his recent book, Zion's Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy (Cornell University Press, 2012), a first of its kind portrayal of Israel's national security decision-making processes. In the book, Freilich, a former Israeli deputy national security adviser details the history and chronic inadequacies of Israeli national security policymaking, attributing them to Israel's hostile and volatile regional environment, politicized electoral system, and structural peculiarities of the Israeli government. Using his insider understanding and substantial research, Freilich identifies opportunities forgone, failures that resulted from a flawed decision-making process, and the entanglement of Israeli leaders in an inconsistent, highly politicized, and sometimes improvisational planning process. For all these problems, however, he also identifies the strengths of the Israeli decision-making process and poses cogent and timely recommendations for reform.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.


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