Researchers

Prof. Efraim Karsh

Prof. Efraim Karsh

Director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Professor Emeritus of Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King’s College London; Professor of Political Science at Bar-Ilan University; and a Principal Research Fellow (and former Director) of the Middle East Forum (Philadelphia), where he also edits the scholarly journal Middle East Quarterly.


Born and raised in Israel, Prof. Karsh earned his undergraduate degree in Arabic language and literature and modern Middle Eastern history from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and his graduate and doctoral degrees in international relations from Tel Aviv University. After acquiring his first academic degree, he served for seven years as an intelligence officer in the Israel Defense Forces, where he attained the rank of major.

He has held various academic posts at Harvard and Columbia universities, the Sorbonne, the London School of Economics, Helsinki University, the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, and the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies in Washington D.C. In 1989 he joined King’s College London, where he established the Middle East and Mediterranean Studies Program (currently the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies), directing it for 16 years. In 2013 he joined Bar-Ilan University, and in October 2016 became director of the BESA Center for Strategic Studies.

Prof. Karsh has published extensively on the Middle East, strategic and military affairs, and European neutrality. He is the author of over 100 scholarly articles and sixteen books, including The Tail Wags the Dog: International Politics and the Middle East (Bloomsbury); Palestine Betrayed (Yale); Islamic Imperialism: A History (Yale); Empires of the Sand: the Struggle for Mastery in the Middle East 1798-1923 (Harvard); Fabricating Israeli History: The “New Historians” (Routledge); The Gulf Conflict 1990-1991 (Princeton); Saddam Hussein: A Political Biography (Free Press); Arafat’s War (Grove); The Soviet Union and Syria (Routledge); and Neutrality and Small States (Routledge).

He is founding editor of the scholarly journal Israel Affairs, now in its twenty-third year, and founding general editor of a Routledge book series on Israeli History, Politics and Society, with over 60 books published.

Mobile: 972-52-952-2148
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror

Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror

Anne and Greg Rosshandler Senior Fellow Former National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of Israel and the Head of the National Security Council. Served 36 years in senior IDF posts, including commander of the Military Colleges, military secretary to the Minister of Defense, director of the Intelligence Analysis Division in Military Intelligence, and chief intelligence officer of the Northern Command. Author of three books on intelligence and military strategy.
Mobile: 972-50-620-0505
Dr. Efrat Aviv
Dr. Yael Bloch-Elkon
Brig. Gen. (res.) Moni Chorev
Dr. Gil Feiler
Prof. Jonathan Fox
Prof. Hillel Frisch
Prof. Eytan Gilboa
Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen
Col. (res.) Aby Har-Even
Dr. Eado Hecht
Dr. Tsilla Hershco
Prof. Efraim Inbar

Prof. Efraim Inbar

(Ph.D. University of Chicago) Director of the BESA Center 1993-2016. Professor emeritus of political science at Bar-Ilan U. A veteran authority on the Arab-Israeli conflict and strategic developments in the Mideast. Expert on Israeli strategic doctrine, public opinion on national security issues, nuclear matters, U.S. Middle East policy, U.S.-Israel relations, Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy, and Israel-Turkey relations.
Phone:972-3-531-8959 / 972-2-587-0169
Mobile: 972-54-660-3409
Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Mordechai Kedar
Prof. Udi Lebel
Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman

Col. (res.) Dr. Eran Lerman

(Ph.D. London School of Economics) Member of Faculty, Shalem Academic Center. Former deputy for foreign policy and international affairs at the National Security Council in the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. Held senior posts in IDF Military Intelligence for over 20 years. Also served as Israel director of the American Jewish Committee.
Mobile: 972-50-620-5354
Dr. Alon Levkowitz
Prof. Ze’ev Maghen
Ambassador Arye Mekel
Uzi Rubin
Prof. Jonathan Rynhold
Prof. Shmuel Sandler
Dr. Eitan Shamir
Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham
Prof. Shlomo Shpiro
Dr. Max Singer
Prof. Joshua Teitelbaum
David M. Weinberg

David M. Weinberg

Director of Public Affairs of the BESA Center. Editor of the BESA Bulletin. Was founding coordinator of the Global Forum against Anti-Semitism in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, and spokesman of Bar-Ilan University. Directs the Israel office of Canada’s Center for Israel and Jewish Affairs. Specializes in Israel-Diaspora relations, anti-Semitism, U.S. and Canadian Middle East policy, and pro- and anti-Israel advocacy.
Phone:972-3-531-8959 \ 972-8-979-0176
Mobile: 972-54-776-7273