Dr. Chuck Freilich - Bio
Dr. Chuck Freilich was Israel's Deputy National Security Adviser for Foreign Affairs.
Now a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center's International Security Program, Chuck's
primary areas of expertise are U.S. Middle East policy and Israeli national security
policy. He is currently writing a book on Israeli national security decision-making
processes and teaches Political Science at Tel Aviv and Hebrew Universities. He also
co-directs a Middle Eastern affairs consultancy.
Chuck was a Senior Analyst at the Israel Ministry of Defense, focusing on strategic
affairs, Policy Advisor to a cabinet minister, and a Delegate at the Israeli Mission to
the United Nations. He has been the Executive Director of two nonprofit
organizations, Israel's Zahavi Association, dealing with lobbying, educational, and
consumer programs on behalf of underprivileged families, and the Golda Meir
Association in the United States. He served in the Israel Defense Forces for five years
and is a reserve major.
Chuck earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University, writing his dissertation on
"Realism and Messianism; National Security Decision Making in Israel". Born in
New York, he immigrated to Israel as a teenager.