Amos Yadlin

Amos Yadlin
Amos Yadlin
Director of INSS


Amos Yadlin was named Executive Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in November 2011, after more than 40 years of service in the Israel Defense Forces, nine of which he was a member of the IDF General Staff.

From 2006-2010, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin served as the IDF’s chief of Military Intelligence. Prior to that, he served as the IDF attaché to the United States. In February 2002, he earned the rank of major general and was named commander of the IDF Military Colleges and the National Defense College.

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin, a former deputy commander of the Israel Air Force, has commanded two fighter squadrons and two airbases. He has also served as Head of IAF Planning Department (1990-1993). He accumulated about 5,000 flight hours and flew more than 250 combat missions behind enemy lines. He participated in the Yom Kippur War (1973), Operation Peace for Galilee (1982), and Operation Tamuz – the destruction of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq (1981).

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin earned a B.A. with honors in economics and business administration from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (1985). He also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yadlin's primary areas of expertise and major topics on which he has written include strategy and national security; the changes in the Middle East; the Iranian nuclear challenge; US-Israel relations; force buildup and the defense budget; intelligence; cyber-related challenges; civil-military relations, and the military ethics of fighting terror.

Research Fields

  • Cyber Security
  • Iran
  • Israel: decision making processes
  • Israel: intelligence
  • Israel: international stature
  • Israel: Palestinians, political process
  • Middle East: regional dynamics and processes


Strategic Assessment for Israel 2020
January 30, 2020
The Response to the Chances of an Escalation in 2020
January 30, 2020
The 13th annual international conference opening remarks
January 29, 2020
Panel Assessing the Deal of the Century
January 29, 2020
The “Deal of the Century” and the United States in the Region
January 28, 2020
Leaders Speak on National Security Policy and Decision-Making
December 9, 2019