Dr. Ronen Hoffman is an academician and former member of Knesset. He served as a member of Israel’s Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee in the 19th Knesset. He served as the chairman of the sub-committee on Foreign Affairs and Public Diplomacy which oversaw the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry for Strategic Affairs, the National Information Directorate within the Prime Minister’s Office and departments within the Ministry of Defense.
Dr. Hoffman has his Ph.D. in War Studies from Kings College London. He is an expert in the field of Political Psychology, focusing on psychological and cultural barriers in conflict resolution and in political negotiations. Dr. Hoffman served as Personal Assistant to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin during his political campaign, and was the coordinator of the Israeli delegation to the peace negotiations with Syria.
Dr. Hoffman also served as a senior adviser to the Minister of Defense as well as an adviser to the Health Minister on international economic cooperation.
In this lecture Dr. Hoffman will describe and analyze the strategy of Israel's national security policy making.
· Has the Israeli national security become dependent on hard power while mainly setting aside
diplomacy and foreign policy?
· Is Israel's defense doctrine still based on warning, deterrence, and decisive, unequivocal
military victory – as was conceived by Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion?
· How does the national security strategy of Israel benefit from the concept of being a 'Start-Up Nation'?
· Does Israel use 'smart power' that supplements the use of military force with an effective foreign
policy and public diplomacy?
By giving answers to those questions and by analyzing other aspects of Israel's national security strategy, Dr. Hoffman I will draw both from his experiences as an academic who studies Israeli defense and foreign policy, as well as from his first-hand knowledge as a practitioner who has participated in the execution of Israeli foreign policy for over two decades as both a participant in peace process negotiations and as an elected member of the Knesset.