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Chuck Freilich

Senior Fellow Former Deputy National Security Advisor, Israel

Travels from Cambridge, MA

Availability: Contact JNF Speakers Bureau for availability or contact the speaker directly.


Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs, Academic Perspectives on Israel and Jewish History, Anti-Terrorism and Security


Chuck Freilich was a deputy national security adviser in Israel. He is now a senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where he specializes in Middle Eastern affairs, US-Middle East policy and Israeli national security policy. He also teaches political science at Harvard, NYU, Columbia and the Herzliya Inter-Disciplinary Center.

Chuck is the author of “Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy” (Cornell Press, 2012), the only book ever written that focuses solely on Israel’s decision- making processes in national security affairs. He is now nearing completion of a new book entitled “Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change”, a much needed look at what has changed in Israel’s national security setting and recommendations for change. He is also co-authoring a book on Israel and the threat of cyber warfare.

Chuck has appeared as a commentator for ABC, CNN, NPR, El Jezira and various US, Israeli and foreign radio and TV stations. He has been quoted in the NY Times and other media and published numerous academic articles and over 100 op-eds on a variety of Middle Eastern issues.

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 lives in Hod Hasharon, Israel, and spends the spring semester in the US each year.

Download a prepared introduction for Chuck Freilich chuck-freilich.doc

Popular Speeches:

• The Arab Spring Heads into Winter
• The Arab Spring: Ramifications for the Region, Israel and the US
• The Iranian Nuclear Threat: Ramifications for the US and the Region
• Speaking About the Unspeakable: The US-Israeli Dialogue on the Iranian Nuclear Program
• Is the Mid East Peace Process Dead? Ramifications for Israel, the Region and US
• Settlements and Occupation, or Security and Palestinian Rejectionism: The Real Issues in the Peace Process
• Is there an Alternative to the Two State Solution
• An Insider's Perspective on the Middle East: Threats and Opportunities
• Understanding the Middle East: An Introduction to Egyptian/Iranian/Saudi/Turkish/Syrian/Lebanese National Security Policy (could be single lecture on one country or series)
• A Unique Nation Faces Unique Threats: National Security Decision Making in Israel
• Fundamentals of Israeli National Security Strategy – Threats and Strategic Reponses
• Seeking New Allies – Israel, Turkey and India


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