National Resilience, Politics and Society

Editorial Board


Eyal Lewin is an Assistant Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Political Science in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science at Ariel University Israel. His publications are mainly in the field of political psychology and political sociology, focusing on Israeli society from a comparative perspective. He is the author of Patriotism – Insights from Israel (Amherst, NY: Cambria, 2010); National Resilience during War – Refining the Decision-Making Model (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2012); Ethos Clash in Israeli Society (Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2014); and Blaming the Jews for Acting like Nazis: The Rhetoric of Holocaust Inversion (Lewiston, N.Y: Edwin Mellen Press, 2017).

Associate Editors

Etta Bick is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science in The Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science at Ariel University Israel. Her research interests include religion and politics, Israeli politics, volunteerism and civic society, and United States-Israel relations. She has published articles on these topics. She recently edited a book entitled Comparative Perspectives on Civil Religion, Nationalism and Political Influence,( IGI Global, 2017) with Eyal Lewin and Dan Naor and is currently completing a book on the politics of national civic service in Israel during the years 1953 -2018.

Gadi Hitman is a faculty member in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Political Science at Ariel University, Israel. He acquired his PhD at Bar-Ilan University. His research topics include national minorities, protest, and political violence; leadership in the Middle East, the Arab Spring and army-state interactions. His first book was Israel and its Arab Minority: Dialogue, Protest and Violence 1948-2008 (Lexington Books, 2016); his second book is National Schism and Civil Integration: Mutual Relations Between the Israeli Central Government and the Israeli Arab Palestinian Minority (Sussex Academic Press, 2018).

Dr. Chen Kertcher is a lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Ariel University.

His main fields of research are international politics and security, comparison studies of conflict resolution and international interventions.

He published several books and articles and gives expert opinion to different media services.

He currently works on several projects: the history of peace operations and contemporary conflict management between Israel and the Arab states.

Dmitry Strovsky is a professor of political science and research fellow at Ariel University. For over 25 years he taught at the Journalism Faculty of the Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia. He has written extensively in Russian and English on the issues concerning the historical and contemporary evolution of the Russian mass media and the relationship between politics and media. Strovsky is frequently invited as a visiting professor to universities in the U.S., Finland, Sweden, China, Mongolia and other countries, and has published his numerous articles in different international journals.

Avi Zigdon is a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Health Systems Management in the School of Health Sciences at the Ariel University, Israel. He is the Head of the Disaster Research Center, IL. He has a PhD from Ben Gurion University of the Negev (2013). His research areas include military medicine, NGO’s and health consumerism. He completed his military career in the IDF Medical Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in operational positions in the Medical Corps and was a partner in establishing the medical system of the Home Front Command.

Advisory Board

Daniel P. Aldrich is director of the Security and Resilience Studies program and full professor of public policy and political science at Northeastern University. He has published four books: Site Fights (2008), Building Resilience (2012), Resilience and Recovery in Asian Disasters (2014) and Healthy, Resilient and Sustainable Communities after Disasters (2015), with a fifth book, Black Wave forthcoming (2019). The recipient of two Fulbright fellowships, an Abe Fellowship, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology fellowship, the Kinley Trust Fellowship, and the Pi Sigma Alpha Best Professor Award, he has also published more than 45 peer reviewed articles along with op-eds in the New York Times, CNN, the Washington Post, and the Asahi Shinbun. Aldrich is Chair of the American Political Science Association’s Working Group on Disasters and Crises and sits on the editorial board of several journals.

Gabriel Ben-Dor is a professor of Political Science and Director of the National Security Studies Center, at the University of Haifa, where he also served as Rector and President of the Israeli Political Science Association. He has published seven books and over one hundred articles on Middle East politics, civic-military relations, conflict resolution, and ethnic politics. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

Yehuda Danon became President of Ariel University in October, 2012. He is a professor of medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and has authored hundreds of papers published in peer reviewed scientific journals and eight books on medicine. He was the Director of Beilinson Hospital 1984-1986, and Surgeon General of the Israel Defense Forces from 1987-1991. He initiated the establishment of the Schneider Children’s Medical Center, serving as its first director until 1997, and headed the Kipper Immunology and Allergy Institute at Schneider. He has received numerous awards, including the NADAV Foundation Award for Pediatrics, the Batsheva de Rothschild Award and the Ambrua-Parre Prize. He has served as Chairman of the Israeli Ministry of Health’s National Council for Children’s Health and Pediatrics since its establishment. Prof. Danon is the Founding President of Beterem – Safe Kids Israel, and is the Chairman of the Israeli National Council of Pediatrics. He also serves an advisor on bioterror to the State of Israel and the Home Front Command.

Reuven Gal is currently a senior research fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute, at the Technion. He is the founding Chairman of the Israeli Association for Civil-Military Studies. Among his former positions: Chief Psychologist of the IDF; Director of Carmel Institute for Social Studies; Deputy Head of Israel’s National Security Council; General Director of the Authority for National-Civic Service; and other various academic positions. He has published six books (as author and editor) and numerous journal articles. He holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from UC Berkley.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is Emeritus Chairman (2000-2012) of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, and the International Leadership Award by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. His latest book is The War of a Million Cuts: The Struggle against the Delegitimization of Israel and the Jews, and the Growth of New Anti-Semitism (2015). His previous books include Europe’s Crumbling Myths: The Post-Holocaust Origins of Today’s Anti-Semitism; Judging the Netherlands: The Renewed Holocaust Restitution Process, 1997-2000; and The Abuse of Holocaust Memory: Distortions and Responses.

Eric M. Uslaner, professor of Government and Politics, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland – College Park has worked extensively on social trust and corruption. His books include The Historical Roots of Corruption (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Segregation and Mistrust: Diversity, Isolation, and Social Cohesion (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Corruption, Inequality, and the Rule of Law: The Bulging Pocket Makes the Easy Life (Cambridge University Press, 2008), The Moral Foundations of Trust (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Social Capital and Participation in Everyday Life (co-edited with Paul Dekker, Routledge, 2001), and Social Capital and the Transition to Democracy (co-edited with Gabriel Badescu, Routledge, 2003). He is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Social and Political Trust (2018).

Yael Ram is a senior lecturer in the Department of Tourism Studies at Ashkelon Academic College, Israel. Yael has a Ph.D. from Ben Gurion University of the Negev (2011), specializing in marketing and tourism. Her research interests focus on person-environment relations. She studies sustainable (and unsustainable) consumer behaviours and mobilities, cultural ecosystem services, place-driven emotions and adaptation barriers of “green” and responsible practices. Yael authored and co-authored more than 15 academic papers, is the lead author on cultural services for the National Ecosystems Services Assessment of Israel, co-authored a book on tourism and sustainable mobility and co-edited The Routledge International Handbook of Walking.

Shmuel Sandler is a former Dean of the Social Sciences Faculty at Bar Ilan University and was the Sara and Simha Lainer Professor in Democracy and Civility, and the Yehuda Avner Professor of Religion and Politics. He also served as the
Dean of Regional Colleges of Bar Ilan University. Prof. Sandler’s fields of research have been domestic politics and foreign policy, and ethnic politics and religion in
international relations, with special emphasis on the Arab-Israeli conflict. He has published seven books, edited many others and written over 70 articles in these areas. Professor Sandler serves now as President of the Efrata-Emunah College in Jerusalem.

Haim Koren is a former Israeli diplomat and an expert on the Arab world. He served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Republic of Egypt between 2014 and 2016. He previously served as the first Israeli Ambassador to South Sudan and as the Director of the Middle East Division in the Center of Political Research in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his tenure at the Ministry, his served as Director of the Political Planning Division and as Deputy Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has also served in various other diplomatic capacities in Chicago, USA; Alexandria, Egypt; Kathmandu, Nepal and elsewhere. His research interests include the Arab media, the Arab Citizens of Israel, the Palestinians, radical Islam and Sufism. He is a member of the Board of the Ezri Center for Research of Iran and the Persian Gulf at Haifa University and a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya since 2017.

Joel Fishman is a historian and Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He received his doctorate in modern European history from Columbia University and holds a certificate from the European Institute of Columbia University. From 1975-1978, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Netherlands State Institute for War Documentation in Amsterdam. He served as the editor of the Jewish Political Studies Review of the JCPA and of The Faculty Forum, the newsletter of SPME, Scholars For Peace in the Middle East. Fishman also served as board member and Chairman of the Institute for the Reseach on Dutch Jewry at the Hebrew University. His publications deal with modern European history, the postwar reconstruction of Dutch Jewry, contemporary Israeli issues, and political warfare.