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Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

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Telephone: 617-495-8898
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Email: chuck_freilich@harvard.edu

 

 

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2015 (continued)

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July 21, 2015

"Iran Deal Is the Least Bad Option for Israel"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"For 10–15 years Israel will not have to live under the specter of a nuclear Iran and of an existential threat. For a country whose security situation is as precarious as Israel's, that is a mouthful. Moreover, it will enable Israel to focus on the threats posed by Hezbollah's mammoth rocket arsenal, now estimated at over 130,000 strong, and on Hamas and ISIS, as well as long needed educational, health and other domestic reforms."

 

 

AP

July 20, 2015

"A Good Deal for Israel"

Op-Ed, The New York Times

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"The agreement's detractors have been long on invective, short on suggestions. A collapse of the talks would have freed Iran to go forward and left America struggling to maintain a sanctions regime weakened by international disunity. Israel would have remained isolated, left only with the military option. These are hardly desirable outcomes."

 

 

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July 20, 2015

"Endangering Israel's Security"

Op-Ed, The Jerusalem Post

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"...[T]here is virtually no chance Netanyahu can defeat Obama in Congress. It comes down to 13 Democratic Senators. Who, in the final analysis, is likely to have greater sway over them, the Israeli premier, or the president of the USA? I remember well the dramatic vote on the sale of AWACS to the Saudis in 1981, the last time we directly took on a president (and lost). One of the modern senatorial greats was ardently against the deal until the last, at which time he was convinced by the president's eloquent strategic arguments."

 

 

July 17, 2015

"The Experts Assess the Iran Agreement of 2015: Chuck Freilich"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"It is time for the prime minister to accept that this is the deal and to do what he should have done from the beginning: engage with the administration on the means of minimizing the threat to Israel and maximizing Israel's contribution to the agreement's successful implementation. Israel has intelligence capabilities and experience that can be invaluable in the years to come."

 

 

2015

"Israel: National Security Decision-Making in a Leaky Political Fishbowl"

Journal Article, Comparative Strategy, issue 2, volume 34

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

The article is a first attempt to systematically assess the impact of leaks on Israeli decision-making. Five major cases were studied on three levels: whether leaks affected the process, policies adopted, and outcomes.

 

 

April 14, 2015

"Netanyahu Prepares for a Gunfight"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"Netanyahu's actions are unprecedented in U.S. history. A foreign leader — from a country considered to be a close U.S. ally — has placed himself, frontally, between a U.S. president and a major presidential foreign policy initiative. Not diplomatic reservations, along with discrete behind the scenes efforts to improve the agreement. Not a polite request to amend the agreement, but total public opposition, designed to torpedo the agreement, along with unrealistic demands...."

 

 

April-May 2015

"Why Can't Israel Win Wars Any More?"

Journal Article, Survival, issue 2, volume 57

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

With its basic security against non-nuclear threats now essentially ensured, Israel should develop a greater ability to live with the pain inflicted by Hizbullah, Hamas and others like them.

 

 

2015

"The Delegitimization of Israel: Diplomatic Warfare, Sanctions, and Lawfare"

Journal Article, Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, issue 1, volume 9

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

Delegitimization and diplomatic warfare campaigns are organized efforts to sway public opinion and national policy, and are aimed at making it difficult for nations to pursue their interests....The tools used to accomplish this include condemnation in international fora, attempts to undermine the nation's bilateral relations with other nations, and the use of the media and public events to spread negative impressions of the nation. The end goal is to compel the nation to change policies or make it a pariah, thus undermining its ability to prosper or even survive.

 

 

February 17, 2015

"Netanyahu Undermines Battle Against Nuclear Iran"

Op-Ed

By Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program

"It is clear...that the true motivation for the visit was an attempt by the Prime Minister to use the Congressional stage for his own political purposes and by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Boehner, to drive an historic wedge between the Democrats and Republicans on Israel."

 

 

February 2, 2015

Bibi's Gamble

Media Feature

By Charles G. Cogan, Associate, International Security Program, Chuck Freilich, Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Jim Lobe

The closer the Western powers and Iran come to a negotiated settlement, the more we hear the West and Iran are destined to be enemies. Can the political establishment in the West and Israel ever say 'yes' to peaceful co-existence with the Islamic Republic? CrossTalking with Charles Cogan, Chuck Freilich, and Jim Lobe.

 
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.