Dr. Eitan Azani

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Head of the Counter Terrorism & Homeland Security Program

Areas of expertise

  • Director of Research, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) & Lecturer, BA & MA with Specialization in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel.

    He is a Colonel (Res.) in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) with operational, research and academic experience in counter-terrorism in the regional and international arenas. He previously served as the Deputy Executive Director of ICT.

    As part of his position at ICT, Dr. Azani maintains working relations and advises both private and government entities on counter-terrorism issues. Dr. Azani lectures at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya and additional security and organizational establishments in Israel and abroad. He testifies on the subject of Hezbollah in front of the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on International Affairs as well as the European Parliament.

    Eitan Azani obtained his B.A. in Economy, Political Science and Geography at Bar Ilan University, Israel and his M.A. (with honors) in the Security and Strategy Studies Program of Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Azani's Ph.D. dissertation for the Hebrew University, Jerusalem was on “The Development of Revolutionary Islamic Movements a case study of Hezbollah.

    Dr. Azani is the author of Hezbollah: The Story of the Party of God - From Revolution to Institutionalization, praised as "a detailed study by a true scholar-practitioner, ... should be required reading for anyone interested in really understanding this complex political, social and militant organization." He is also the author of many scholarly articles and edited volumes – including: The Hybrid Terrorist Organization: Hezbollah as a Case Study, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, pp. 899-916(36), 2013 & Hezbollah's Strategy of “Walking on the Edge“: Between Political Game and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, pp. 741-759(19), November 2012.

  • E. Shadach, S. Geler, B. Michael, et al., A psychological typology of terror organizations, Aggression and Violent Behavior (2021), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2021.101562


    Eitan Azani & Nadine Liv (2020) A Comprehensive Doctrine for an Evolving Threat: Countering Terrorist Use of Social Networks, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 43:8, 728-752, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2018.1494874


    Eitan Azani & Liram Koblentz-Stenzler (2019) Muslim Converts Who Turn to Global Jihad: Radicalization Characteristics and Countermeasures, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2019.1657304


    Palestinian public opinion and terrorism: A two-way street? (co-authored with Sharvit, K., Kruglanski, A. W., Wang M., Sheveland, A., and Ganor B.), Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 10:2, 71-87


    The Hybrid Terrorist Organization: Hezbollah as a Case Study, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 36:11, 899-916


    The Effects of Israeli Coercive and Conciliatory Policies on Palestinian Terrorist Activity: 2000-2006, (co-authored with K. Sharvit, A. Kruglanski, M. Wang, X. Chen, L.  Minacapelli, B. Ganor) Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict, 6, 22-44


    Hezbollah's Strategy of “Walking on the Edge”: Between Political Game and Political Violence. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 35:11, 741-759



    Azani, E. (2011) Hezbollah: The Story of the Party of God: From Revolution to Institutionalization, Macmillan (Paperback)


    Azani, E. (2009) Hezbollah: The Story of the Party of God: From Revolution to Institutionalization, Macmillan



    Azani, E. (2009) Hezbollah: Between the I.D.F.'s Withdrawal and the Establishment of a Lebanese Unity Government – Another Step on the Way to an Islamic Republic in Lebanon, Social Science Circunstancia of the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset, Madrid: Spain



    Azani, E. (co-eds.) (2008) The Global Impact of Terrorism, The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya: Israel



    Azani, E. (co-eds.) (2007) Trends in International Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism, Herzliya: Israel



    Azani, E. (2005) ‘Hezbollah - Terrorist Organization of Global Reach’ published in “Countering modern terrorism: History, Current Issues and Global Threats” W. Bertelsmann Verlag


    Azani, E. (2004) ‘Islam & Political Symbolism- Hezbollah as a case study’, Nato