Gilead Sher

Gilead Sher
Gilead Sher
Senior Research Fellow, head of the Center for Applied Negotiations


Attorney Gilead Sher heads the Center for Applied Negotiations (CAN), which he founded in 2013 and is a senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at Tel Aviv University. Mr. Sher was the Chief of Staff and Policy Coordinator for Israel's former Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ehud Barak. He served as Chief and co-Chief negotiator in 1999-2001 at the 2000 Camp David summit and the 2001 Taba talks, as well as in the 1999 Sharm El-Sheikh Agreement and extensive rounds of covert negotiations. Throughout 12/1994-10/1995, under PM Ytzhak Rabin, Sher was a delegate to the 1994-5 Interim Agreement negotiations with the Palestinians. Sher holds the rank of colonel (res.), and is a former brigade commander and deputy division commander in the Armored Corps of the IDF, as well as a military judge. As author, opinion leader and researcher Sher publishes extensively books, articles, op-eds, studies and research in national and international media. His book The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations, 1999-2001: Within Reach was published in Hebrew (Yedioth Aharonot), Arabic (Darjalil) and English (Routledge, 2006). He recently co-edited Negotiating in Times of Conflict, an edited volume published by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) comprising 15 chapters by 20 international contributors. His book The Battle for Home was published by Yedioth Aharonot in April 2016. His upcoming book as co-editor is Spoilers and Coping with Spoilers in Israeli Peacemaking (provisional title; publisher – Indiana University Press) is due in Q3 2018. Harvard Law School and Harvard’s Program on Negotiations appointed attorney Gilead Sher as Lecturer on Law for the 2016 fall semester. Sher spent September through October in Cambridge, Mass. Formerly, Sher was a visiting professor on Conflict Resolution and Negotiations at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2001-2011) and taught at the Tel Aviv University’s Conflict Resolution and Mediation MA Program (2007-2013). He has lectured in myriad academic institutions, think tanks, international media fora and conferences. He is the founding co-chairman of the non-partisan movement Blue White Future, which seeks to help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and promote a two-state reality. Sher serves as chairman of the executive board and the board of trustees of Sapir Academic College, the largest public college in Israel. He is a former board member at The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, a former president of Israel Shotokan Karate Association (Fifth Dan), a former chairman of the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem, a member of the Council for Peace and Security and an executive board member of the Israeli- Palestinian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He serves as director on the TASE-listed Direct Insurance Financial Company Ltd.’s board of directors. Sher is the founding senior partner in Gilead Sher & Co., Law Offices (see DUN’s 100: His practice areas include corporate law; project finance; international business ventures, investments and transactions; constitutional law; and dispute resolution. Sher was nominated by the 2015, 2016 and 2017 international Expert Guides on Commercial Arbitration (rating arbitrators in 71 countries) as one of the one-digit list of leading Israeli practitioners in the field.

Research Fields

  • Conflict resolution: legal dimensions
  • Crisis management
  • International law and national security
  • Israel: decision making processes
  • Israel: international stature
  • Israel: Palestinians, political process
  • Middle East: regional dynamics and processes
  • US and the political process


December 12, 2018
Panel: Conflict Resolutions Across the World; with our brain or our heart?
December 12, 2018
Negotiation Matters
December 12, 2018
Negotiation Matters: Greetings
December 12, 2018
The Israeli - Palestinian conflict: Political options
January 31, 2018
Gilead Sher, 30.1.2018
January 30, 2018