Dr. Ely Karmon

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy Ph.D., The University Of Haifa

  • Dr. Ely Karmon is Senior Research Scholar at The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Policy and Strategy at The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel. He lectures on Terrorism and Guerrilla in Modern Times and CBRN terrorism at the M.A. Counterterrorism Studies at IDC.

    Dr. Karmon holds a B.A. in English and French Culture from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a License in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques and a License in Bantu languages from the Ecole de Langues Orientales, in Paris. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Haifa University.

  • “Are we Nearer to a Major CBRN Terrorism Threat?” paper presented at the 14th Asian Security Conference, Non-Traditional Security Challenges - Today and Tomorrow, Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi, 13-15 February 2012, forthcoming in a book of the conference proceedings.


    "Israel: hope for the best, prepare for the worst," Longitude, The Italian Monthly on World Affairs, May 2011, pp. 59-66.


    “The Middle East – A [very] Cautious Evaluation,” Universitas: Relações Internacionais, Journal of UniCEUB - Centro Universitário de Brasília, vol. 9, no. 1, Jan.-June 2011, pp. 453-468 (in English).


    “Will the Arab Uprisings Result in the Emergence of a Sunni Bloc Dominated by Turkey?”, Turkey Analyst (www.turkeyanalyst.org), vol. 4, no. 9, 2 May 2011, a biweekly publication of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Joint Center, Stockholm.


    “I dubbi di Israele” [“Israel’s Doubts”], Aspenia. Le rivoluzioni a metà, Aspen Institute Italia, No. 52, March 2011, pp. 68-81.


    “I dubbi di Israele” [“Israel’s Doubts”], Aspenia. Le rivoluzioni a metà, Aspen Institute Italia, No. 52, March 2011, pp. 68-81.


    “Iran's Challenge to the United States in Latin America: An Update,” American Foreign Policy Interests, Vol. 33 Issue 2, 2011, pp. 93-98.


    "Amérique latine, défi de l'Iran aux Etats-Unis dans leur arrière-cour", in Iran: la vingt-cinquième heure, Outre-Terre, Revue française de géopolitique, n°28, May 2011.


    “The Iranian Threat,” in Challenge 21, Proceedings of XXXVI edizione delle Giornate Internazionali di studio, Centro Pio Manzu, Rimini, Italy, 15-17 Oct. 2010, Vol.2, No. 141, December 2010, pp. 137-150 (in English and Italian).


    "Bruder Chavez. Iranische Bundnisse in Lateinamerika" ("Iran Challenges the United States in its Backyard, in Latin America"), in Stephan Grigat/ Simone Dinah Hartmann (Hg.), Iran im Weltsystem Bündnisse des Regimes und Perspektiven der Freiheitsbewegung (StudienVerlag, 2010, in German), pp. 57-71.


    "Iran Challenges the United States in its Backyard, in Latin America," American Foreign Policy Interests, Vol. 32, Issue 5, 2010, pp. 276 – 296.


    "Iran y la izquierda: 'Revolucionario' hacia fuera represor hacia adentro,"  Universitas: Relações Internacionais, journal of UniCEUB - Centro Universitário de Brasília, Vol. 7. No. 1, Jan/Jun. 2010.


    "Pakistan, the Radicalization of the Jihadist Movement and the Challenge to China," Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (in Asia) Vol.3, No. 3, 2009, pp.14-28.


    "Gaza/Hamastan, plateforme de déstabilisation du monde arabe par l’Iran," Gaza. La guerre de cent ans? Outre-Terre Revue française de géopolitique, n° 22 –2009/2,  pp.  41-53.


    "Iran and its proxy Hezbollah - strategic penetration to Latin America," Elcano Royal Institute Working Paper, Madrid, 18/2009 - 8/4/2009


    "Iran–Syria-Hizballah–Hamas: A Coalition against Nature. Why does it Work?" Proteus Monograph Series, Volume 1, Issue 5, May 2008, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA., USA. 


    “Israel and the Iranian Nuclear Bomb: Daunting Choices,” Aspenia, No. 39 (in Italian), January 2008, pp. 153 - 166.



    "Iran-Siria-Hizbullah-Hamas: come battere l"asse che minaccia il mondo," Limes (in Italian), QS 3/07, December 2007, pp. 121 - 130.


     “The Mideast Axis of Destabilization,” Perspectives Paper No. 36, The Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies December 26, 2007.


    "Intelligence Collection on Terrorism in Failed States," Proteus Futures Digest. A Compilation of Selected Works Derived from the 2006 Proteus Workshop, Proteus Management Group, Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA., 2007, pp. 131-147.


    "Il Triangolo dell"Arabia Saudita," Aspenia (in Italian) No. 37, June 2007, pp. 84-98.  English version on ICT website under the title "The Saudi Arabia – Israel – Iran Triangle: Can Saudi Arabia Deliver the Goods?"


    Ehud Sprinzak and Ely Karmon, “Why So Little? The Palestinian Terrorist Organizations and Unconventional Terrorism,” ICT website, June 2007.


    "The Role of Intelligence in Combating Suicide Terrorism: Sharing Intelligence amongst States," in Suicide as a Weapon, The NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, Vol. 30, edited by Centre of Excellence - Defence against Terrorism (COE-DAT), Ankara, Turkey, 2007, pp. 102-113.


    "Iran's Role in the Radicalisation of the Sunni-Shia Divide," and "Hezbollah America Latina – Queer Group or Real Threat?" in Michel Korinman and John Laughland (eds.), Shia Power: Next target Iran? (Vallentine Mitchell & Co Ltd: London, 2007), pp. 273-293 and 351-370.  


    "International Terror and Antisemitism − Two Modern Day Curses: Is there a Connection?" The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University, February 2007.


    "Ch'isme et sunnisme: vers une radicalisation des dissensions," Journal MERIA, Vol. 2,  No. 1, January 2007.


    "Hizballah and the War on Terror," in Mendo Castro Henriques and Mohamed Khachani (eds.), Security and Migrations in the Mediterranean. Playing with Fire, NATO Science Series V – Science and Technology Policy – Vol. 50, (Amsterdam, IOS Press, 2006), pp. 119-125.


    "Hezbollah America Latina: Strange Group or Real Threat?" Institute for Counter-Terrorism website, November 14, 2006.


     "The Implications of Zarqawi"s Death," Institute for Counter-Terrorism website, June 21, 2006.


    "Egypt as a New Front of al-Qaeda," Institute for Counter-Terrorism website, May 5, 2006.


    "Palestine, Playground for Islamist Actors," Palestinian-Israeli crossfire, bitterlemons-international.org, May 1, 2006, Ed. 17.              


    "The triple alliance Iran-Syria-Hizballah," in NATO Advanced Research Workshop Social Dynamics of Global Terrorism: Risk and Prevention Policies, (Sociological Association of Turkey: Ankara, April 2006), pp.213-222.


    "Al-Qa'ida and the War on Terror - After The War In Iraq," MERIA Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, March  2006.


    Coalitions of Terrorist Organizations. Revolutionaries, Nationalists and Islamists (Leiden, Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2005).


    "Who bombed Northern Israel? Al-Qaida and Palestine," Institute for Counter-Terrorism website, January 1, 2006.


    "En quoi le Hezbollah est-il une menace pour l"Etat d"Israel?" in Arabies Malheureuses – I, Outre-Terre (Revue francaise de geopolitique), No. 13,  2005, pp. 391-416.


     "Current Capabilities of First Responders in Different Countries - Israel," in Friederich Steinhausler and Frances Edwards (eds.), NATO and Terrorism. Catastrophic Terrorism and First Responders: Threats and Mitigation, NATO Science Series Volume – B: Physics and Biophysics – Vol. 2 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2005), pp. 50-57.


    "The Role of Terrorism in the Breakdown of the Israel-Palestinian Peace Process," in Sergio Germani and D.R. Kaarthikeyan (eds.), Pathways out of Terrorism and Insurgency. The Dynamics of Terrorist Violence and Peace Processes (New Dawn Press Inc.: UK, USA, India, 2005), pp. 116-130.


    "Hizballah as Strategic Threat to Israel," Heartland (Eurasian Review of Geopolitics), July, 2-2005, pp. 22-48.


    "International Cooperation in Tackling Terrorism: The Middle East," in C. Uday Bhaskar, K. Santhanam, Uttam K. Sinha and Tasneem Meenai (eds.), United Nations. Multilateralism and International Security (New Delhi: Shipra Publications and Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, 2005), pp. 252-262.


    "Hizballah and the Antiglobalization Movement: A New Coalition?," PolicyWatch, No. 949, January 27, 2005, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


    "Terrorism: Weaponry, Doctrine, Operational Consequences," in Martin Edmonds and Oldrich Cerny (eds.), Future NATO Security. Addressing the Challenges of Evolving Security and Information Sharing Systems and Architectures, NATO Science Series, Series V: Science and Technology Policy, Vol. 40 (Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2004), pp. 29-31.


    "Fight on All Fronts? Hizballah, the War on Terror, and the War in Iraq," The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Policy Focus, No. 46, December 2003.


    "Radical Islamist Movements in Turkey," in Barry Rubin (ed.), Revolutionaries and Reformers. Contemporary Islamic Movements in the Middle East (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003), pp. 41-67.


    "Trends and Threats in the Terrorism of the New Millennium: A Perspective from Israel," in Dilip K. Das and Peter C. Kratcoski (eds.), Meeting the Challenges of Global Terrorism: Prevention, Control and Recovery, (New York: Lexington Books, 2003), pp. 99-115.


    "Radical Islamic Groups and Anti-Jewish Terrorism", in Dina Porat and Roni Stauber (eds.), Anti-Semitism and Terror (The Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University, 2003), pp.150-163.


    "Countering NBC Terrorism," in Andrew Tan and Kumar Ramakrishna (eds.) The New Terrorism. Anatomy, Trends and Counter-Strategies (Singapore: Eastern Universities Press, 2002), pp. 193-206.


    "Scenarios of Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism", a research for the Israeli Ministry of Defense (2002) - unpublished.


    "The Role of Intelligence in Counter-Terrorism", The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis (KJDA), Vol. XIV, No. 1, Spring 2002 (Special Issue on Terrorism), pp.  119-139.


    "Osama bin Laden – Speculations on Possible State Sponsorship," September 17, 2001.


    "Trends in Contemporary International Terrorism", in Countering Suicide Terrorism – An International Conference, (Herzliya: an ICT Publication, 2001), pp. 47-60.


    "Risks of terrorism against oil and gas pipelines in Central Asia," in G. Aslanian, P. Cotta Ramusino, K. Luongo, M. Martellini (eds.) The Oil and Gas Routes from Caspian-Caucasus Region: Geopolitics of Pipelines, Stability and International Security, proceedings of the Como Symposium, Italy, organized by The Landau Network-Centro Volta, 10–11 December 2001, pp. 85-90.


    "Aum-Shinrikyo, the Anti-Semitic Doomsday Cult: A Dangerous Comeback," in Anti-Semitism Worldwide 1998/1999 (Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Anti-Semitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University. Distributed by the University of Nebraska Press, 2000), pp.5-15.


    "Fatah and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine: International Terrorism Strategies (1968 – 1990)," November 25, 2000.


    "Hamas" Terrorism Strategy: Operational Limitations and Political Constraints," MERIA Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1 (March 2000).


    "A Solution to Syrian Terrorism," Middle East Quarterly, Vol. VI, No.2, June 1999, pp. 23-34.


    "The cooperation of German left-wing terrorists with the Palestinian terrorist organizations: An historical evaluation," Politische Studien, (in German) November/December 1999, pp. 71-94.


    "Counterterrorism Policy: Why Tehran Starts and Stops Terrorism?" Middle East Quarterly, December 1998, Vol. V, No. 4, pp. 35-44.


    "Who's Behind the Bombings? The Terrorist Attack on the American Embassies in Africa," Institute for Counter-Terrorism website, August 10, 1998.


    "Islamic Terrorist Activities in Turkey in the 1990s," Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol.10, No.4, Winter 1998, pp. 101-21.