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חקירת כשלי מודיעין (אפריל 2024)

מפגש זה הוקדש לדיון במבט היסטורי והשוואתי בנושא של חקירת כשלי מודיעין: מה מאפיין ועדות חקירה מבחינת ההרכב, הסמכות והמיקוד? מהם קווי הדימיון והשוני בין ועדות חקירה בארץ ובינן לבין ועדות בחו”ל? ומה הן ההשלכות וההשפעות?

בפאנל השתתפו: סא”ל (במיל’) עו”ד אפרת נחמני-בר, פרופ’ שלמה שפירא, ד”ר אהוד ערן וד”ר מוטי גלוסקה.

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Early Warning, Strategic Surprise, and Intelligence Failure + 2023 Awards Ceremony (March 2024)

In this special event, we had 4 presentations: Dr. Ofer Guterman, Dr. Ehud Eiran, & David Siman Tov on the declining importance of EW in Israeli security concept. Shira Shaham on the deep-seated causes for the outbreak of the May 2021  riots in Israel. Noam Alon on the concept of pluralism in intelligence analysis. And Prof. (emeritus) Yakov Ben-Haim on the tradeoff between informativeness, reliability, and opportuneness. 

Lastly, we presented the Forum’s awards for 2023 to Shira Shaham (best graduate paper), Dr. Yaacov Falkov (best peer-reviewed article), Prof. Danny Orbach (honorary mention for best book), and Aviram Halevi & Avner Shor (best book award).

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Iranian and Egyptian Intelligence Communities (February 2024)

For this IFIS meeting, we hosted Prof. Owen Sirrs from the University of Montana for a talk about Iranian and Egyptian intelligence communities and cultures. Prof. Sirrs served as a senior intelligence officer on Iran for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, and has authored several books, including “A History of Egyptian Intelligence”, “Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate”, and “Iran’s Qods Force: Proxy Wars, Terrorism, and the War on America”.

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Financial and Competitive Intelligence (January 2024)

Dr. Shlomit Wagman, former director general of the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority, and Dr. Amiram Markovich, former senior vice president at HaPoalim Bank, share from their experience in applying intelligence methods to fighting terrorism and surviving in a business environment (Recording is in Hebrew).

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Lessons Learned for Intelligence from Strategic Surprises (November 2023)

For the openning of our second year, in the shadow of Hamas surprise attack on Israel on October 7, we had the pleasure of hosting Prof. Amy Zegart (Stanford University & Hoover Institution) for a discussion on the lessons learned for intelligence from strategic surprises.

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Year-End Event (July 2023)

To conclude the first year of operation of the Israeli Forum for Intelligence Studies we had the pleasure of hosting Prof. Rory Cormac for a keynote lecture on Covert Operation as Secret Statecraft, and Dr. Ronen Bergman, Dr. Mindy Haas, and Aviram Halevi in a panel on Studying Covert Action

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Public Perceptions of Intelligence in Spain and Israel (May 2023)

In this IFIS session we have touched upon questions relating to public knowledge and trust in intelligence communities. Prof. Antonio M. Diaz Fernandez from the University of Cadiz presented his research with Dr. Cristina Del-Real on the factors that shape university students’ attitudes towards the Spanish intelligence community. Also, Dotan Aviram presented findings from a first-of-its-kind public opinion poll conducted earlier this year in Israel, that examined similar questions

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