The Institute for National Security Studies Brochure

Mission

The Institute for National Security Studies launches and engages in innovative, relevant, high-quality research that shapes the public discourse of issues on Israel’s national security agenda, and provides policy analysis and recommendations to decision makers, public leaders, and the strategic community, both in Israel and abroad. As part of its mission, it is committed to encourage new ways of thinking and expand the traditional contours of establishment analysis…

Research Disciplines

INSS conducts research in the multiplicity of fields that comprise security studies and impact on strategic issues relating to Israel’s national security. Basic research complements analysis of issues of the day. The practical application of INSS research takes the form of “out of the box” thinking and the design of policy options for decision makers in government, the defense establishment, the strategic community, and the private sector…

History

In a reaction to the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Tel Aviv University decided sometime in 1975 to establish a center for security studies. A number of individuals within and outside the University community posited that one possible reason for Israel’s thorough surprise on October 6, 1973 was that no institution outside the Israeli “establishment” had assumed the responsibility of evaluating the premises on which government policy was based – premises that also guided the planning and conduct of Israel’s defense establishment. Had such a research institute existed prior to the 1973 War, it might have questioned the assumptions leading to the intelligence assessment that war was unlikely…

Board of Directors

The Institute’s Board of Directors is chaired by Frank Lowy, AC, of Australia, co-founder and chairman of the Westfield Group and Chairman of the Lowy Institute for International Policy (Australia). Professor Itamar Rabinovich, former ambassador and president of Tel Aviv University, serves as the vice chairman. The Board includes eight other members with distinguished records in academia, foreign affairs, security, and business…

The Israeli Board of Trustees

In September 2014, INSS launched an Israeli Board of Trustees, formed to support and assist the Institute in promoting its primary objectives: enrichment of the public debate in Israel and abroad on matters relating to Israel’s national security, and formulation of policy recommendations based on thoughtful and innovative research.

Board of Trustees

The International Board of Trustees, chaired by Jonathon Jacobson of Boston, comprises a group of distinguished individuals, renowned in their fields, who support INSS as part of their commitment to the national security of the State of Israel. Jeffrey Silverman is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Trustees are invited to participate in INSS events, including select closed briefings, conference calls, and strategic dialogues…

Support

The Institute for National Security (INSS) is an independent, non-partisan think tank, whose goal is to strengthen Israel’s future as a secure, democratic Jewish state. The Institute’s drive to shape, steer, and influence Israel’s policymaking community and the public discourse is made possible through its commitment to provide professional, innovative, relevant, and unbiased research. Because INSS is a not-for-profit public benefit company, fulfillment of its mission is achieved through the assistance and generosity of private individuals, major corporations, and leading foundations.This support forms a majority of the INSS budget. Gifts by donors allow INSS to ensure the excellence and diversity of its research and create the substantial impact it seeks to provide…

Information Center

The Information Center maintains scholarly collections related to the various projects undertaken by INSS and its research staff. These include holdings in a number of fields – both traditional and interdisciplinary – such as political science, international relations, Middle East studies, military technology, geography, law, political economy, security studies, and sociology…

Fellowship and prizes

Internship

The Institute for National Security Studies does not respond to unsolicited applications for paid positions. We offer internship positions to graduate students and academics with backgrounds in international relations, strategy, the Middle East, or Israel’s national security…