RAND Experts Offer Analysis of Israeli-Hamas Conflict


Media call on Thursday, October 12. RAND experts will discuss the unfolding Israel-Hamas war and the aftermath of last weekend's unprecedented attacks from Gaza. Topics will include potential military responses from the Israeli Defense Forces and the United States, Israeli-Palestinian political dynamics, non-state terror groups and hostage situations, and geopolitical implications.


  • Raphael Cohen, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND Project Air Force and a senior political scientist. Cohen, lead author of Lessons from Israel's Wars in Gaza in 2017, is an expert on defense strategy and force planning, Middle Eastern security issues, and civil-military relations.
  • Dr. Shira Efron, Diane & Guilford Glazer Foundation Senior Director of Policy Research for the Israel Policy Forum, as a well as a consultant to RAND. She lives in Tel Aviv.
  • Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the RAND president and author of many books on terrorism, including Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? (2008). Jenkins has expertise on non-state terror organizations and successful negotiations for hostages.


Thursday, October 12
11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT


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