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Chuck Freilich  

Senior Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government; Former Israeli Deputy National Security Advisor

Chuck Freilich was a deputy national security adviser in Israel. He is now a senior fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard's Kennedy School. He recently completed a first of its kind book on Israels national security decision making processes ("Zion's Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy," Cornell Press, 2012). He is now working on a new book on Israeli national security strategy.

Chuck's primary areas of expertise are the Middle East, US-Middle East policy and Israeli national security policy. He has taught political science at Harvard, NYU, Columbia and Tel Aviv Universities.

Chuck has appeared as a commentator for ABC, CNN, NPR, El Jezira and various US and Israeli radio and TV stations. He has been quoted in the NY Times and other media and published numerous articles and op-eds.

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 has two grown children, Lior and Tal.


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Speech Topics

Arab Spring

  • The Arab Spring: Ramifications for the Region, Israel and the US
  • Why the Middle East Erupted and Why it Will Continue to Do So
  • The Arab Spring - Where Is It Heading
  • The Arab Spring Heads into Winter


  • The Iranian Nuclear Threat: Ramifications for the US, Israel and the Region
  • Speaking About the Unspeakable: The US-Israeli Dialogue on the Iranian Nuclear Program
  • "Never Again" The Iranian Threat and a Mid East Strategic Overview

Peace Process

  • Is the Mid East Peace Process Dead?
  • Is the Mid East Peace Process Dead? Ramifications for Israel, the Region and US
  • Can the Peace Process Be Saved?
  • Settlements and Occupation, or Palestinian Rejectionism: Why Has the Peace Process Failed?
  • Settlements and Occupation, or Security and Palestinian Rejectionism: The Real Issues in the Peace Process
  • How to Reach a Practical Two State Solution

General Middle Eastern Issues

  • Mid East Overview - Regional Update
  • Mid East Strategic Overview - Regional Update and an Israeli Perspective
  • An Insider's Perspective on the Middle East: Threats and Opportunities
  • Whither Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt?
  • Egypt, Turkey, SA, Iran and Israel An Unholy Quintet
  • Syria, Lebanon and Israel?
  • 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)

Israeli National Security

  • Zions Dilemmas -National Security Decision Making in Israel
  • Fundamentals of Israeli National Security Strategy Threats and Strategic Reponses
  • Getting Back to Basics (or The Heart of the Conflict); Israels Security Threats and Strategy
  • A Jewish State, Not a Jewish Disneyland: Israel Strategic Overview
  • Seeking New Allies Israel, Turkey and India

The above could include "An Insider's Perspective" or "Ramifications for US/Israeli Foreign Policy," as appropriate.

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