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Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Contact:
Telephone: 617-495-8898
Fax: 617-496-0606
Email: chuck_freilich@harvard.edu

 

 

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2016

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August 23, 2016

"The Third Lebanon War"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Israel must continue building an effective offensive response. Victory and military decision are only achieved through offense, not restraint and defense. The Hezbollah threat has, however, been with us for a long period and will unfortunately remain with us for many years to come. A war postponed may be a costly war, but it may also be a war that never breaks out. In this case, an effective offensive response may be even more costly than the threat itself, and we should thus seek to postpone resort to it for as long as possible."

 

 

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March 24, 2016

"The Mouse That Roared—Once Too Often"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The United States, certainly the Democratic side, has simply had it with Netanyahu's policies on the Palestinian issue, with his double talk, and with what appears to be an intentional attempt to bury the two-state solution. If the premier truly understands the United States, he knows that a moment of reckoning on the Palestinian issue is nearing and that whichever candidate is elected will likely present us with fateful decisions, or cool the tenor of relations."

 

 

2015

"Israel and Cyberspace: Unique Threat and Response"

Journal Article, International Studies Perspectives

By Matthew S. Cohen, Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Gabi Siboni

This article provides insights into the dangers and opportunities that the cyber realm poses to states by conducting the first comprehensive case study on Israeli use of cyberspace.

 

2015

October 7, 2015

"AIPAC Had No Choice"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Some critics incorrectly conflate AIPAC with the policies of the Israeli government and thus seek to promote their views by supporting alternative lobbies more in tune with their own thinking. This well-meaning but dangerously misguided approach fails to understand that AIPAC's fundamental role, as the Israel lobby, is to promote US-Israeli relations without regard to who is in office either in Jerusalem or Washington."

 

 

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September 7, 2015

"The Middle East After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Chuck Freilich"

Op-Ed

By Zachary Laub and Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"A takeover of Syria by the self-proclaimed Islamic State or Syrian rebel groups would also prove dangerous. Heinous as it is, Bashar al-Assad's regime still has many assets to lose in a confrontation with Israel and can thus be deterred. It will take time for non-state actors to develop similar assets."

 

 

August 26, 2015

"Israel's Least Bad Options the Day After the Iran Deal"

Op-Ed, World Politics Review

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"As an unprecedented and recently published Israel Defense Forces document on national security strategy emphasizes, the primary threats Israel faces today all stem from radical Islamist organizations, such as Hezbollah and the Islamic State. They not only seek Israel's demise, but a transformation of the entire Middle East, threatening what remains of the regional state system...."

 

 

White House

August 6, 2015

"The President's Speech: Choosing Between Mom and Dad"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"..."[I]t is time for the Prime Minister to come to his senses and to understand that a small country, whose very existence depends today on the United States, cannot physically block a major presidential initiative. Instead, he would be wise to work with the American administration to close gaps in the agreement, maintain close intelligence supervision of Iran's observance of the agreement, and even to take advantage of this moment to try and reach an historic defense treaty with the United States."

 

 

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August 4, 2015

"Only the Defense Strategy Remains Unchanged"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

When a nation's strategic environment, military threats, and society undergo fundamental change, it is time for a fundamental change in its national security doctrine. It is ths surprising that while the threats are increasingly disappearing, the defense budget continues to grow and a substantive change in the national security doctrine has yet to take place.

 

 

2015

"Israel's Counter-Terrorism Policy: How Effective?"

Journal Article, Terrorism and Political Violence

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

The percentage of Israelis killed by terrorism is higher than in any other democracy. The article analyzes the threats Israel has faced, the impact terrorism has had on Israel, and the counter-terrorism policies Israel has adopted.

 

 

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July 21, 2015

"It's Actually Good for Israel"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Benjamin Netanyahu should have accepted U.S. policy long ago, rather than positioning himself as the primary and maybe sole opponent among U.S. allies. The defamation campaign now expected against the agreement in the Congress is destined to fail, and even if the totally unexpected occurs, it will be the Israeli Prime Minister who will have personally blocked the primary foreign policy initiative of the Obama presidency."

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.