Zvi Magen


Senior Research Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University          

Zvi Magen joined the INSS research staff following a long career in Israel’s Foreign Service. He served as Israel’s ambassador to the Ukraine (1993–1997), and as Israel’s ambassador to Russia (1998–1999). He served as head of the “Nativ” organisation (the Prime Minister’s Office liaison group for the FSU and Jewish diaspora aff airs) (1999–2006), and he was head of the Institute for Eurasian Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (2006–2009). Zvi Magen served in IDF Military Intelligence, completing his service with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Research interests include Russia and the Middle East.


Jumpstarting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The US effort to break the deadlock in which the peace process has been in recent years had intensified approximately a year ago. This was done in parallel, and possibly as a response, to Russian
Riots Around the Temple Mount: Another Escalation of the Arab-Israeli Conflict?
The situation may get out of control, and all the involved parties would like to avoid this. Someone is pedaling the problem in order to achieve mass protests. The situation may not be resolved

Zvi Magen
The Kurdish Offensive on Raqqa and Interests of Global Stakeholders
The Kurdish formations are the most efficient forces opposing ISIS in Syria, but the operation to capture Raqqa can become stalled, because the excessive strengthening of Kurds is unprofitable for a
Russian Presence in the Middle East: Chances and Risks for Israel
Russian presence in the region poses new challenges for Israel, creating a new situation right on its borders, forcing it to reevaluate the rules of the game in the increasingly unstable regional

Zvi Magen
Zvi Magen: Shimon Peres Was the Leader of the Peace Process, but We Thought He…
Peres was a highly respected and well-known politician. He represented a rare combination of a great politician and philosopher.

Zvi Magen
Will Moscow Steal the Show in Israel-Palestine Peace Process?
Netanyahu’s meeting with Abbas in Moscow, if it will really take place, will be in some sense beneficial to all parties.
Israel-Palestine, Quo Vadis?
The United States was the dominant external actor in the Israeli-political process while the regional actors were less significant and reluctant. Recent developments indicate a change of role for
Enhanced Security Measures Do Not Contradict Principles of Democracy
Israel for many years lives in an environment where constant security is everywhere - in state institutions, schools, public transport. The problem is that the western population is not ready for

Zvi Magen
Kurdish Independence: A Reality Check
Declaration of Kurdish independence only in Northern Iraq is a more likely scenario. Resumption of wide spread violence in Turkey makes the situation of the Kurds there quite bleak.
Putin-Netanyahu Meeting in Paris and Its Implications
Despite Russian-Israeli successful military coordination over the Syrian space, significant matters of concern remain on the agenda of Russian-Israeli relations.
The Obama – Netanyahu Meeting and Its Implications
Whether the U.S. military assistance is critical to Israel's security and military edge in the Middle East or not remains a point of contention inside Israel's security establishment. The
Israel - 67 Years of Independence
Israel is not only by far the militarily strongest country in the Middle East but she is also a rock of political, economic and social stability. In the rapidly changing Middle Eastern balance of


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