Program | Talk to the Author of “Israeli National Security” | Mar 1

Students: This program qualifies for five points toward the Tennessee Global Scholar Certificate

The World Affairs Councils of America provides a monthly special program called “Cover to Cover” that features interactive phone conferencing with authors of global affairs related books. We thank them for their support and we are pleased to share this information with you here as a benefit of your affiliation with the Tennessee World Affairs Council.

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Tennessee World Affairs Council Invite You to Participate in A Teleconference

“Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Global Change”

Chuck Freilich

Thursday, March 1, 2018
1:00-1:30 p.m. CT.

March’s Cover to Cover 

Israel has long confronted a uniquely hostile and harsh strategic environment, which bears little comparison to that of any other state in modern history. Chuck Freilich’s new book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, — due out in April — is the most comprehensive study to date of Israel’s national security strategy and provides a critical analysis of the major national security dilemmas Israel faces today and recommendations for policy changes.

 Thursday, March 1, at 1:00-1:30 PM Central Time.

National security has been at the forefront of the Israeli experience for seven decades, with threats ranging from terrorism, to vast rocket and missile arsenals, and even existential nuclear dangers. Yet, despite its overwhelming preoccupation with foreign and defense affairs, Israel does not have a formal national security strategy.

In Israeli National Security, Chuck Freilich presents an authoritative analysis of the military, diplomatic, demographic, and societal challenges Israel faces today, to propose a comprehensive and long-term Israeli national security strategy. The heart of the new strategy places greater emphasis on restraint, defense, and diplomacy as means of addressing the challenges Israel faces, along with the military capacity to deter and, if necessary, defeat Israel’s adversaries, while also maintaining the resolve of its society. By bringing Israel’s most critical debates about the Palestinians, demography, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas, US relations and nuclear strategy into sharp focus, the strategy Freilich proposes addresses the primary challenges Israel must address in order to chart its national course.

The most comprehensive study of Israel’s national security to date, this book presents the first public proposal for a comprehensive Israeli national security strategy and prescribes an actionable course forward.

About Chuck Freilich

Chuck Freilich is Ira Weiner Fellow at The Washington Institute, where he is preparing a study on the U.S.-Israel dialogue regarding the future of Iran’s nuclear program. The former deputy national security advisor of Israel, Dr. Freilich codirects a Middle Eastern affairs consultancy and teaches political science at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities. He is also a senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where he focuses on U.S. Middle East policy and Israeli national security decisionmaking; he is currently writing a book on the latter topic.

Born in New York, Dr. Freilich immigrated to Israel as a teenager. His distinguished career includes public service as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces and as a policy advisor to an Israeli cabinet minister. He is a former delegate to the Israeli mission of the UN and was a senior analyst at Israel’s Ministry of Defense, focusing on strategic affairs. Dr. Freilich has also served as executive director of two nonprofit organizations.

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University; M.S., Tel Aviv University; B.A., Hebrew University

Source: Washington Institute 


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