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Prof. Chuck Freilich was a deputy national security advisor in Israel. He is now a senior fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and teaches political science at Harvard, Columbia and Tel Aviv Universities. He is the author of three books: Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy; Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change – the only public proposal ever for an Israeli national security strategy; and Israel and the Cyber Threat. He has also published numerous academic articles and some 150 op-eds in the NY Times, Haaretz and other papers on a variety of Middle Eastern issues. Prof. Freilich regularly offers commentary on a range of global news outlets including CNN, NBC and NPR. After making aliyah as a teenager, Prof. Freilich served as a delegate at the Israeli Mission to the UN, policy advisor to a cabinet minister, senior analyst at the Israel Ministry of Defense, and finally as a deputy national security advisor.


  • Science, Technology & Innovation

  • US-Israel Relations

  • Israel Economy

  • Middle Eastern Relations

Popular Speeches

Israel’s National Security Strategy and Nuclear Capabilities

Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change - my book, Oxford Press, 2018

From Ben-Gurion to Bibi: Seven Decades of Israeli National Security Strategy

Israel’s Purported Nuclear Capabilities: Unwrapping a Mystery Inside an Enigma

 Israel and the Cyber Threat; How the Startup Nation Became a Global Cyber Power - subject of my forthcoming book, 2019


From Stuxnet to the Nuclear Archive: US-Israeli Efforts to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program

"Never Again" – the Iranian Nuclear Threat and How to Stop It

Hamas and Hezbollah

“Attrition Until Destruction”: Hezbollah’s and Hamas’ Strategy and Israel’s Response

Peace Process

Is a Two-State Solution Still Viable?

How to Achieve a Two-State a Solution: All the Issues in 45 Minutes

Delegitimization/BDS Campaign

Diplomatic Warfare, Delegitimization and BDS; the Challenge and How to Fight Back

US-Israeli Relations

Aipac, JStreet and JDate: The Future of the US-Israeli Relationship

Clouds on the Horizon: the Future of the US-Israeli “Special Relationship”

The Middle East

The Changing Middle East: Ramifications for Israel, the US and Region

Why the Middle East Erupted – and Why it Will Continue to Do So

Israeli National Security Decision-Making Processes

How Israel Makes National Security Policy – subject of my book (Zion’s Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy, Cornell Press 2012)

Israel’s National Security Council: from Bureaucratic Obscurity to Center Stage

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