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Dr. Kobi Michael.

Main fields of academic research
 * Civil-Military Relations
 * The Arab-Israeli conflict
 * Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping Operations
 * Security Studies – Strategy, National Security, War and Peace
 * Jerusalem – Security and Future Political Arrangements

Academic Degrees

Post Doctorate


Department of Political Science

Northwestern University, USA

Post Doctorate

2005 - 2007

Truman Institute for Advancement of Peace

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Title of Dissertation: : The Army's Influence on the Transitions Process from War to Peace – The Israeli Case Study.(Supervisor: Prof. Yaacov Bar-Siman-Tov).


The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel



Conflict Research, Management and Resolution (cum laude)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel



National Security, Strategy and Intelligence Studies – The highest state course for senior intelligence officers (cum laude).




Behavioral Studies (cum laude).

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


Academic Positions

  • 2008 -
Associate Professor
  • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – Israel
  • Conflict Resolution
  • 2007 -
Reviewer of the journal FPA - Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Strategy, War and Peace, Israeli foreign policy
  • 2005 -

Reviewer of the journal Armed Forces & Society. 

  • Civil-Military Relations in Israel

December 2006 – March 2007

Visiting professor

Northwestern University, USA – Department of Political Science

2004 - 2007

Research fellow and Post Doctoral fellow since September 2005 – August 2007

The Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The post doctoral research focuses on peacekeeping operations. Supervisor:  Prof. Eyal Ben-Ari.


Lecturer (adjunct)

Inter Disciplinary Center Hertzelia

2004 -  2005
2007 -

Lecturer (adjunct)

Tel-Aviv University - The Evans Program for Conflict Research

2003 – 2005
2007 -

Lecturer and tutor

IDF - The National Security College

2005 - 2006

Post Doctoral fellow and Lecturer (adjunct)

Northwestern University USA – The Department of Political Science

2004- 2005 

Lecturer (adjunct)

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution.


Other Present Positions

2000 -

Senior Researcher, member of the institute's think-tank

The Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies


Past Positions:

  • 2007 – Senior Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations and the Palestinians – The Israeli National Security Council (NSC) at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem.
  • 2003-2005 - Israeli co-director of the Strategic Affairs Unit. - IPCRI – Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research and Information.
  • 1978-2000 - Military services, IDF (last rank - Lt. Colonel) in different roles, including a key role in the setting up and commanding on the Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation apparatus in the context of the implementation of the Oslo agreements.