Israel has long confronted a uniquely hostile and harsh strategic environment, which bears little comparison to that of any other state in modern history. Chuck Freilich's new book, Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, is the most comprehensive study to date of Israel's national security strategy and provides a critical analysis of the major national security dilemmas Israel faces today and recommendations for policy changes.
Chuck Freilich, a former deputy national security adviser in Israel, is a senior fellow at the Belfer Center and the author of Zion's Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy (Cornell University Press, November 2012) and Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change (forthcoming, Oxford Press 2017).
Chuck's primary areas of expertise are the Middle East, U.S.-Middle East policy, and Israeli national security strategy and decision-making. He has taught political science at Harvard, NYU, and Columbia in the United States, and at Tel Aviv University and IDC Herzliya in Israel.
Chuck has appeared as a commentator for NBC, ABC, CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, and various U.S. and Israeli radio and TV stations. He has published numerous academic articles and op-eds, including in the New York Times, Haaretz, and other leading newspapers.
Chuck was a senior analyst at the Israel Ministry of Defense, focusing on strategic affairs, policy adviser to a cabinet minister, and a delegate at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations. He was the executive director of two nonprofit organizations and served in the Israel Defense Forces for five years. Chuck earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Born in New York, he immigrated to Israel in his teens.