Charles David Freilich

Charles David Freilich

Research Interest

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 of Government. He is the author of a first of its kind book on Israel's national security decision making processes (Zion's Dilemmas: How Israel Makes National Security Policy, Cornell Press, 2012), which was awarded the 2014 annual book prize by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Israel's preeminent think tank. He is now nearing completion of a new book on Israeli national security strategy and the need for a broad ranging reassessment. He has also begun co-authoring a book on Israel and the threat of cyber warfare.

Dr. Freilich's primary areas of expertise are the Middle East, U.S.-Middle East policy, and Israeli national security policy. He teaches political science at Harvard, New York University, Columbia, and the Herzliya Inter-Disciplinary Center. He lives in Hod Hasharon, Israel, and spends the spring semester in the U.S. each year.

Dr. Freilich has appeared as a commentator for ABC, CNN, NPR, El Jezira and various U.S., Israeli, and foreign radio and television stations. He has been quoted in The New York Times and other media and has published numerous articles and op-eds on a variety of Middle Eastern issues.

Dr. Freilich was a senior analyst at the Israeli Ministry of Defense, policy adviser to a cabinet minister, a delegate at the Israeli Mission to the United Nations, and the executive director of two non-profit organizations. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for five years as a reserve major.

Dr. Freilich earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Born in New York, he immigrated to Israel in his teens.