Academic Advisory Board

Prof. Gerald Steinberg, Chief Academic Advisor

Prof. Gerald Steinberg is president of NGO Monitor and professor of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. His research interests include international relations, Middle East diplomacy and security, the politics of human rights and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Israeli politics and arms control. He works with a number of international organizations (NATO, UN University, OSCE, SIPRI); participates in track-two workshops and in the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism ICCA; and is the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and Negotiation at Bar Ilan University.

Recent academic publications include "NGOs, Human Rights, and Political Warfare in the Arab-Israel Conflict"; "Europe's Failed Middle East Policies"; "Uncivil Society: Ideology, Human Rights, and Antisemitism"; and "The UN, the ICJ and the Separation Barrier: War by Other Means" (Israel Law Review). He is also completing research examining the credibility of human rights organizations during the 2006 Lebanon war, under the auspices of the Israel Science Foundation.

His op-ed columns have been published in the Wall St. Journal (Europe), Financial Times, Ha'aretz, International Herald Tribune, Jerusalem Post, and other publications. He has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, CBC. CNN, and NPR.

Miri Eisen

Miri Eisin served in the Israeli intelligence community and retired from active duty at the rank of full colonel in 2004. Over her twenty year career in the military she served as the deputy head of the combat intelligence corps, the assistant to the director of Military intelligence and as the intelligence officer in combat units and research departments. Eisen is a member of the small group of women to achieve the rank of colonel in the Israeli Military (less than 2 %).

She was appointed as the Israeli government spokesman during the second Lebanon war and then took the position of the Israeli Prime Ministers international media advisor. She served in that position until December 2007, including the challenging effort of the Annapolis conference. Eisen has been Israel's face and voice, presenting Israel's case to the media worldwide.

Eisen holds an MA from Haifa University in Security studies and is a graduate of the Israeli national defense college. She lectures on a variety of subjects relating to her background: the Israeli Arab conflict; Israeli decision making; women in Israeli society; the Israeli intelligence community and more.

Dr. Boaz Ganor

Dr. Boaz Ganor is the Deputy Dean of the Lauder School of Government and Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya. He is also the founder and the Executive Director of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism. He is a member of Israel's National Committee for Homeland Security Technologies, of the International Advisory Board of the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS) in Singapore, and of the International Advisory team of the Manhattan Institute (CTCT) to the New-York Police Department (NYPD).

Dr. Ganor lectures on terrorism and counter-terrorism at the High Command Academic Courses of the Israel Defense Forces, as well as at the Lauder School of Government and Diplomacy, and other academic and international forums. He holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Ganor served as a consultant to Israeli government on counter-terrorism. From 1989 to 2003, he was a member of the trilateral Palestinian-Israeli-American Committee on incitement, established under the Wye Accords. He is the author of numerous articles on counter-terrorism published in Israel and abroad, and is currently serving as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Dr. Daniel Gordis

Dr. Daniel Gordis is Senior Vice President of the Shalem Center, where he is also a Senior Fellow. He is a regular columnist for the Jerusalem Post, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times, in print and on-line. The author of numerous books on Jewish thought and currents in Israel, and a recent winner of the National Jewish Book Award, Dr. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, the first rabbinical college on the West Coast of the United States.

Dr. Gordis joined the Shalem Center in 2007 to help found Israel's first liberal arts college, after spending nine years as vice President of the Mandel Foundation in Israel and Director of its Leadership Institute.

Since moving to Israel in 1998, Dr. Gordis has written and lectured throughout the world on Israeli society and the challenges facing the Jewish state. His writing has appeared in magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, the New Republic, the New York Times Magazine, Moment, Tikkun, Azure, Commentary Magazine and Conservative Judaism. His latest book, "Saving Israel: How the Jewish People Can Win a War That May Never End" was published by Wiley in March 2009, and was subsequently awarded the 2009 National Jewish Book Award.

Dr. Gordis received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Michael Herzog

Brigadier General (Ret.) Michael Herzog saw battle as a young infantry soldier in the Yom Kippur War, and rose through the military ranks to become head of the IDF's Strategic Planning Division and one of Israel's prominent experts on strategic, military and intelligence matters.

Over the last decade General Herzog has held senior positions in the office of Israel's Minister of Defense, under four ministers. From September 2006 to October 2009, he served as Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defense (mostly under Ehud Barak) and from November 2001 to July 2004, as Senior Military Aide to the Minister of Defense. In those positions, he was at the center of Israeli decision-making on all key strategic, defense and political issues. From 2004 to 2006, General Herzog was a visiting military fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Affairs, where he published extensively on Middle Eastern affairs.

Since 1993, General Herzog has played a key role in the Arab-Israeli peace process. Most recently, from June 2009 to March 2010, he served as special emissary to Israel's Prime Minister and Minister of Defense in the efforts to re-launch the peace process. He has participated in much of Israel's negotiations with the Palestinians, Jordanians, and Syrians, including the Wye Plantation summit, Camp David summit, the Taba negotiations, and the Annapolis summit and subsequent negotiations. General Herzog retired from active duty in August 2010. His tenure in the IDF also included serving as head of the Strategic Planning Division (1998-2001), deputy head of the Strategic Planning Division (1995-1998), member of the Intelligence Corps (1974-1994), and infantry soldier (1973 war).

General Herzog is the son of the late president of Israel, Chaim Herzog, and a brother of Israel's former Minister of Welfare and Social Services, Isaac Herzog.

Dr. Amichai Magen

Dr. Amichai Magen is Director of the Institute for Democracy, Law and Diplomacy, and Associate Fellow at the Shalem Center, Jerusalem.

He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Between 2005 and 2009, Dr. Magen was a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School and a Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI), Stanford University. In 2008 he became the first Israeli to receive the prestigious National Fellow award at the Hoover Institution. In 2002 he received the Yitzhak Rabin Fulbright Award. Between 1999 and 2002 he served as a legal and policy adviser at the Ministry of Justice, Israel, and prior to that he was an IDF JAG Officer in Gaza.

Dr. Magen has authored and edited several books. He has been widely published including in the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Stanford Journal of International Law.

Dr. Jonathan Rynhold

Dr. Rynhold is a lecturer in political science at the University of Bar-Ilan, where he specializes in Israeli diplomacy, U.S.-Israel relations, and Middle East-Far East relations. His focus is Israeli policy regarding the separation barrier (and the disengagement plan in the past), Israel and the peace process, the U.K. and the Arab-Israeli conflict, and political culture and foreign policy.

Dr. Rynhold has a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He has spoken on BBC World TV/Radio, Sky News, CNN, Israeli TV & radio and written in the Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz, Washington Post, Ha'aretz (English), and Ynet (Hebrew). He is widely published in academic journals in Israel, Europe and the United States.

DJ Schneeweiss

Australian born, DJ Schneeweiss joined the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1994, where he served as Policy Assistant to Foreign Ministers Ehud Barak (1995-1996) and David Levy (1996-1998). He then served as Press Secretary at Israel's London Embassy from 1998-2002, during which time he was recognized by Diplomat magazine as the most effective Embassy spokesman in London. From 2003-2006, Schneeweiss served as Policy Advisor to Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and from 2006-2009 as Israel's Deputy Ambassador to China. He is currently responsible for coordinating the Foreign Ministry's strategy and action to counter boycott initiatives and related challenges to Israel.

Prof. Chaim I. Waxman

Professor Chaim Waxman is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from The New School for Social Research in New York City. He specializes in the sociology of religion and the sociology of ethnicity with special focus on American Jews, Jews in Israel, and global Jewish identity and identification. He served as President of the Association for the Sociological Study of Jewry, is a member of numerous scientific associations, and is an editorial board member for a number of academic journals. At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute he is a Senior Fellow and on the editorial boards of the "Identities" book series, as well as the new Identities: Journal for Jewish Culture & Identity.

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