ELNET International Policy Conference 2019

“Facing security challenges: European and Israeli perspectives”

Join us on November 9-11 in Paris

ELNET’s Second International Policy Conference is a unique opportunity to engage with key opinion leaders and policymakers on the critical issues facing Israel, Europe and the global Jewish community. As the conference nears, we are delighted to announce some of the topics and leading figures who will join us for this unique event on November 9-11 in Paris.


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Isaac Herzog, ISRAEL

Chairman, Jewish Agency for Israel
Before assuming Chairmanship of the Jewish Agency in 2018, Isaac Herzog was a member of the Knesset for over a decade, and served as Knesset Opposition Leader and Chairman of Israel’s Labor Party. In 2015, he was a front-runner in the election for Israel’s Prime Minister. In the past 15 years, Mr. Herzog has held several ministerial posts: Minister of Housing and Construction; Minister of Tourism; Minister of Diaspora Affairs, Society and the Fight Against Anti-Semitism; and Minister of Welfare and Social Services.

Dr. Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, FRANCE

Director, Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM), French Ministry for the Armed Forces
Before joining IRSEM, Dr. Vilmer served as Policy officer on “Security and Global Affairs” at the Policy Planning Staff (CAPS) of the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Trained in three disciplines — philosophy, law and in political science, he has held positions at the Faculty of Law at McGill University, King’s College, Yale University, the French Embassy in Turkmenistan, and at the University of Montreal. His is an auditor of the 68th national session on “Defense Policy”, a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the NATO Defense College, and a lecturer at Sciences Po and the ENS Ulm.

Justice Miriam Naor, ISRAEL

Former President of the Supreme Court of Israel
Miriam Naor completed law studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and until 1979 worked for the State Attorney Office of Israel. Sworn in as a judge in the Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court in 1980, she was at the time the youngest judge in Israel. In 2003 Ms. Naor was appointed as a permanent Justice of The Supreme Court of Israel and in 2012 was appointed Deputy President of the Supreme Court. From 2015 until 2017 she served as the President of the Supreme Court. She is the President of the Zionist Supreme Court of the World Zionist Organization and a Board Member of the Jewish People Policy Institute.

Ambassador Dennis Ross, U.S.

Counselor, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process, dealing directly with the parties as the U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He later served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Col. (res.) Zohar Palti, ISRAEL

Director, Policy and Political-Military Affairs, Ministry of Defense of Israel
For more than 30 years, Col. (res). Palti has been playing leading roles in various roles dealing with the Middle East conflict, including strategic aspects, counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation issues in the region and globally. His last post was Director of the Intelligence Directorate in the Mossad (2011 to 2016). Col. (res.) Palti's has a BA and Executive MA in Middle East studies from Tel Aviv University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J.McNair, Washington DC. Col. (res.) Palti was a Reccanati-Kaplan senior fellow at the John F.Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Henrique Cymerman, ISRAEL

Henrique Cymerman is a world-famous journalist for the USA, Latin America, Europe, and Israel. A lecturer who speaks five languages, covered current affairs in the Middle East for 30 years and has established relationships of trust with chief regional political leaders in Israel, Palestine, the Middle East, and the extended Arab world. Nominated "Comendador" in his native Portugal and Spain by the King and President, a nobility title, and Pope Francis nominated him his "Angel of Peace," and candidate to Nobel Peace Prize for the "Prayer for Peace" in the Vatican.

Dr. François Delerue, FRANCE

Research Fellow, Recherche Stratégique de l’École Militaire (IRSEM)
Dr. François Delerue is a research fellow in cyberdefense and international law at the Insitut de Recherche Stratégique de l’École Militaire and a rapporteur for international law in the EU Cyber Direct project. He is also an associate researcher with the Castex Chair of Cyber Strategy. François’ research concerns cyberdefense and cybersecurity, specifically their legal, policy and strategic dimensions. His research focuses on international law obligations, norms and international cooperation, as well as on the various actors involved in this area, including States, private companies, non-governmental organizations.

Dr. Florence Gaub, E.U.

Deputy Director, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)
Dr. Florence Gaub is the Deputy Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies. In addition to overseeing the institute’s research activities, she works on the Middle East and North Africa with a particular focus on conflict, strategy and security, with particular emphasis on Iraq, Lebanon and Libya; she also works on Arab military forces and non-state actors, conflict structures and geostrategic dimensions of the Arab region. Previously employed at NATO Defence College and the German parliament, she wrote her PhD on the Lebanese army at Humboldt University Berlin.

Amos Harel, ISRAEL

Senior Defense Correspondent, Haaretz
Amos Harel is one of Israel's leading media experts on military and defense issues and the senior defense correspondent for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Harel has covered Israeli security affairs for the last twenty years. He published three books: "The Seventh War"(2004) about the second Intifada and "34 Days" about Israel's second Lebanon War (2009) were both written with Avi Issacharoff and both received the prestigious Chechic award. In 2015, Harel won the Sokolov award, Israel's most prestigious prize for excellence in journalism.

Dr. Marc Hecker, FRANCE

Director of Publications, French Institute of International Relations (IFRI)
Marc Hecker is Director of publications at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri) and editor-in-chief of Politique étrangère. He holds a PhD in political science from University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and teaches a course on terrorism at Sciences Po. He published several books including "Intifada française?" (Ellipses, 2012) and "War 2.0: Irregular Warfare in the Information Age" (Praeger, 2009 with Thomas Rid).

Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michael Herzog, ISRAEL

Director, Forum of Strategic Dialogue (FSD)
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michael Herzog is the Director of the Forum of Strategic Dialogue (FSD), an International Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and a Senior Fellow at BICOM and the Jewish People Policy Institute. He retired from active duty in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), after a long and distinguished career. His service included heading the Strategic Planning Division of the IDF and working with four ministers of defence as senior military aide and chief of staff. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Herzog has actively participated in nearly all of Israel’s peace negotiations with the Palestinian, Syrians and Jordanians, including in the last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Sir John Jenkins, U.K.

Board Member, Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Sir John Jenkins is a Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange in London, a Board Member of the Middle East Centre at the LSE and a Senior Fellow of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington DC. He was Executive Director at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Prior to that, he served as the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the British Special Representative to the National Transitional Council and later Ambassador to Libya during the 2011 revolution, Ambassador to Iraq, Syria and Burma and Consul-General in Jerusalem.

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Yosef Kuperwasser, ISRAEL

Ssenior Project Manager, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA)
Brig. General (Res.) Yosef Kuperwasser is a senior project manager on regional affairs at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and the head of the Institute for the Research of Intelligence Methodology at the Israeli Intelligence Community Commemoration and Heritage Center. He is also one of the founders and directors of leading Israeli nonprofit organizations countering the de-legitimization of Israel internationally. Brig. Gen. Kuperwasser was formerly the Director General of the Ministry of International Affairs and Strategy. In his long career at the IDF, he served, among others, as Assistant Defense Attaché for Intelligence at the Israeli Embassy in Washington DC.

Dr. Roby Nathanson, ISRAEL

General Director, Macro Center for Political Economics
Dr. Roby Nathanson is currently the General Director of the Macro Center for Political Economics. He holds a PhD for Economics from the University of Cologne in Germany. Dr. Nathanson teaches at the Academic Colleague Tel Aviv and is member of the board of directors of various companies and economic advisor to decision makers in Israel and abroad. He served as macro-economic policy advisor to the Histadrut during Israel's Economic Stabilization Program in the 1980's, and participated in the formulation of programs aimed at socio-economic structural reform, as well as negotiations and in strategic planning teams on the future of the economy.

Dr. Jean-Loup Samaan, FRANCE

Associate Professor, Near East South Asia Cente (NESA)
Jean-Loup Samaan's research focuses on Middle Eastern strategic affairs, in particular the evolution of the Gulf security system, and the Israel-Hezbollah conflict. Prior to his position in the UAE, he was a researcher for the Middle East Faculty at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy between 2011 and 2016. He was a policy advisor at the French Ministry of Defense from 2008 to 2011. Dr. Samaan has authored four books and several articles for various international academic and policy journals such as the RUSI Journal, Survival, Orbis, Comparative Strategy, Politique Etrangère, and Internationale Politik.

Sima Shine, ISRAEL

Senior Researcher, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
For most of her career Sima Shine served in the Israeli Intelligence Community. Her last position was Head of Research & Evaluation in the Mossad (2003-2007). In that capacity, she was responsible for the daily and annual research papers that went to decision makers. After retiring from Mossad, Sima served as Deputy Head for Strategic Affairs of Israel's National Security Council (2008-2009). In the years 2009-2015 Sima served in the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, responsible for the Iranian file, and she retired as the Deputy Director General of the Ministry.

James Sorene, U.K.

CEO, Britain-Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM)
James Sorene is the CEO of the Britain-Israel communications and research centre, a UK think tank producing research about Israel and Middle East issues. Before joining BICOM, he was Deputy Director of UK Government communications and Official Spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg from 2011-15. Prior to that he held senior positions at the Department of Health and the Home Office where he worked on counterterrorism. James has a Masters degree in Middle East politics and history from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a law degree from Queen Mary College, University of London.

Dr. Jonathan Spyer, ISRAEL

Executive Director, Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis (MECRA)
Jonathan Spyer is Executive Director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis (MECRA). He is also a research fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security (JISS), and a fellow at the Middle East Forum. Spyer is a freelance security analyst for Janes' Intelligence Review and writes the 'Behind the Lines' column at the Jerusalem Post. He is the author of "Days of the Fall: A Reporter’s Journey in the Syria and Iraq Wars", which deals with his experiences of frontline reporting in the Syria and Iraq wars, and "The Transforming Fire: The Rise of the Israel-Islamist Conflict".
Bruno Tertrais

Dr. Bruno Tertrais, FRANCE

Deputy Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS)
Bruno Tertrais is Deputy Director of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), the main French think-tank on international security issues. His areas of expertise include geopolitics and international relations, strategic and military affairs, nuclear deterrence and non-proliferation, US policy and transatlantic relations, security in the Middle East and in Asia. He was previously a Special Assistant to the Director of Strategic Affairs at the Ministry of Defense, and a Director of the Civilian Affairs Committee at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Dr. Moran Yarchi, ISRAEL

Head of the Public Diplomacy program, Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya
Moran Yarchi Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at the Sammy Ofer School of Communications, the Head of the Public Diplomacy program, and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel. Her main area of research is political communication, especially the media’s coverage of conflicts and terror, and public diplomacy. Integrating theories from communication studies, political science and international relations, Moran’s studies are dealing with the Image War – a salient aspect of today’s conflicts.