The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Directors’ Lunch with Ariel Levite, Principal Deputy Director General of Policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission on Monday, October 22nd, in the Belfer Center Library (L369)

Ariel Levite assumed the position of Principal Deputy Director General of Policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission in September of 2002. Prior to his position at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission he was on sabbatical for two years and was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation.  He later became the co-leader of the CISAC Discriminate Force project. Previous to his employment at the CISAC, Levite was the Deputy National Security Advisor for Defense Policy from 1999-2000, and Head of the Bureau of International Security at the Israeli MOD.  Levite has worked as a Senior Research Associate and Head of the Project on Israeli Security at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies, Tel-Aviv University, and taught courses at Tel-Aviv and Cornell universities, as well as the University of California at Davis before he assumed roles in government.

Levite has authored numerous articles the most recent, “The Current Proliferation Predicament,” in Joseph F. Pilat, Ed., Atoms for Peace: A future After Fifty Years?; “Never Say Never Again: Nuclear reversal Revisited,” International Security, and “The Case for Discriminate Force,” Survival,  with Elizabeth Sherwood Randall) and authored several books, including Offense and Defense in Israeli Military Doctrine, Intelligence and Strategic Surprise, and Israel’s Nuclear Image, and authored, contributed to and co-edited others including Foreign Military Intervention, and Deterrence in the Middle East.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Tel-Aviv University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.   Levite is a Major in the I.D.F. reserves.


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