The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Zaki Shalom, Senior Researcher, Ben-Gurion Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Zaki Shalom is a Senior Researcher at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute at Ben-Gurion University and a member of the research staff at the Institute for National Security Studies. He has published extensively on various facets of Israel's defense policy, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the role of the superpowers in the Middle East, and Israel's struggle against Islamic terror. His work has also focused on the study of Israel's nuclear option, both in historical and contemporary perspectives.

Professor Shalom holds a BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including: Israel's Nuclear Option: Behind the Scenes Diplomacy Between Dimona and Washington (2005), Ben-Gurion's Political Struggles, 1963-1967: A Lion in Winter (2006), and The Role of US Diplomacy in the Lead-Up to the Six Day War, Balancing Moral Commitments and National Interests (2011).

He co-authored his most recent book with Boaz Vanetik, titled The Nixon Administration and The Middle East Peace Process, 1969-1973: From The Rogers Plan to the Outbreak of The Yom Kippur War (2013).

In 2007 Professor Shalom was awarded the Prime Minister's prestigious David Ben-Gurion memorial prize for his book Fire in His Bones, which deals with Ben-Gurion's activities following his resignation as Prime Minister up to his death.

As space is limited for this event, RSVPs will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Belfer Center Lunches are strictly off-the-record. By requesting to attend the Lunch, you agree that you will comply with the Belfer Center's strict policy against recording or disclosing the contents of the seminar. Your access is conditioned on your compliance with these restrictions. Should you violate these rules, the Center will pursue all available legal options and you will be excluded from all future events.