Prof. Boaz Ganor

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

Director of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism and former Dean

Areas of expertise

  • Prof. Boaz Ganor is the Founder and Executive Director of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and the Ronald S. Lauder Chair for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel. Prof. Ganor currently heads the Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Specializations as part of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy at IDC Herzliya.

    On 2019, he spend his sabbatical from the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy and served as a Visiting Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), Australia, an Adjunct Professor, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, Charles Stuart University, Australia and as the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor and Israel Institute Fellow, Georgetown University, USA in 2020.

    Prof. Boaz Ganor previously served for five years as Dean and ten years as Deputy Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy. Prof. Ganor serves as the Founding President of the International Academic Counter-Terrorism Community (ICTAC), an international association of academic institutions, experts, and researchers in fields related to the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

    Prof. Ganor previously held positions at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, the Hoover Institution (Koret Distinguished Visiting Fellow), the Monterey Institute of International Studies, MIPT (The National Memorial for the Prevention of Terrorism), Hebrew University and Bar Ilan University. He was also a member of the International Advisory Team of the Manhattan Institute (CTCT) to the New York Police Department (NYPD). Prof. Ganor is a member of the International Advisory Council of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies (IDSS), Nanyang Technological University, The Republic of Singapore. He is also a co-founder of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR), a partnership between the University of Pennsylvania, USA; the Interdisciplinary Center, Israel; King’s College, London; and the Regional Center on Conflict Prevention (RCCP), Jordan.

    Since 2014, Prof. Ganor has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Advisory to the Institute for the Study of Global Anti-Semitism and Policy (ISGAP),
    Prof. Ganor has given briefings and/or testimonies to the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), the Australian Parliament, the United States Congress, the US Army, the FBI, the US Department of Homeland Security, as well as numerous intelligence, security and police services throughout the world. He has given hundreds of guest lectures at top universities and research centers throughout the world including at Columbia University, Syracuse University, Georgetown University, the Wilson Center, RAND and the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    In 2001, Prof. Ganor was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Israel National Security Council on Counter-Terrorism, and he has previously served as a Member of the Israeli Delegation to the Trilateral (American-Palestinian-Israeli) Committee for Monitoring Incitement to Violence and Terror. Prof. Ganor also advised the Israeli Delegation for Peace Negotiations with Jordan on Transportation Safety, the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Coordinator at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Israeli Ministry of Defense. In 1995, he was a consultant to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his book “Fighting Terrorism – How democracies can defeat domestic and international terrorism”.

    Prof. Ganor has published numerous articles on terrorism and counter-terrorism. His book, "The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A Guide for Decision Makers" (Transaction Publishers, 2005), is used as a text book in universities worldwide and his book: “Global Alert: Modern terrorism rationality and the challenge to the democratic world” was published by Columbia University Press in 2015. His upcoming book: "Israel's Counter-Terrorism Strategy - From Origins to Present" will be published as well by Columbia University Press in 2021. He has published several articles in “Studies in Conflict and Terrorism”, “Terrorism and Political Violence”, “Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflicts”, Orbis and the International Law Studies. He is also the editor of "Countering Suicide Terrorism" (2001) and "Post-Modern Terrorism" (2006). He is the co-editor of “ISC 2005 – Security, Terrorism and Privacy in Information Society” (2005), "Trends in International Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism" (2007), "Hypermedia Seduction for Terrorist Recruiting" (2007), "Terrorism Informatics – Knowledge Management and Data Mining for Homeland Security" (2008), and “The Global Impact of Terrorism” (2008). Prof. Ganor is a Member of the editorial board of Springer Intelligence & Security Informatics (ISI) journal. Prof. Ganor has contributed book chapters for many publications, including to Oxford University Press, Routledge, Springer, and the U.S. Institute for Peace.

    Prof. Ganor chairs ICT’s International Conferences: World Summit on Counter-Terrorism, and co-directed several research projects for NATO and the Ministry of Public Security. Prof. Ganor is a frequent media and television commentator and has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, the New York Times, the Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and many other Israeli and international publications.

  • Ganor, Boaz, Israel’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy – Origins to the Present, Columbia University Press, Forthcoming


    Ganor, Boaz, The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A Guide for Decision Makers, Namiki Shobo Publishing, 2018 (in Japanese)


    Ganor, Boaz, Global Alert: Modern Terrorism Rationality and the Challenge to the Democratic World, Columbia University Press, 2015


    Ganor, Boaz, The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A Guide for Decision Makers, Transaction Publishers, 2005


    Ganor, Boaz, The Counter-Terrorism Puzzle – A Guide for Decision Makers, Interdisciplinary Center Publisher, 2003 (in Hebrew)


    Ganor Boaz, Understanding the Motivations of Lone Wolves Terrorists: The ‘Bathtub’ ModelPerspectives on Terrorism, (under review)


    Ganor, Boaz, Targeted Killings: Ethical & Operational Dilemmas, Terrorism & Political Violence Forthcoming


    Ganor Boaz, A typology of Terrorist Attacks - The 32 Profiles Model, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Forthcoming


    Ganor, Boaz & Merari, Ariel, Interviews with, and test of, Palestinian Independent Assailants, Terrorism & Political Violence


    Ganor, Boaz, Artificial or Human: A New Era of Counterterrorism Intelligence?, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism


    Ganor, Boaz, Israel’s Policy in Extortionist Terror Attacks (Abduction and Hostage Barricade Situations), Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 11:4, 2017


    Ganor, Boaz, Four Questions on ISIS: A “Trend” Analysis of the Islamic State, Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 9:3, 2015


    Ganor, Boaz, (Co-Authored with Kruglanski Arie; Sharvit Keren; Wang Mo; Sheveland Anna; Azani, Eitan) Palestinian Public Opinion and Terrorism: A Two-Way Street? Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism, Volume 10:2. 71-87, 2015


    Ganor, Boaz, From Policy to Law and Back: Identifying the Enemy in Counter-Terrorism Operations – A Comparison of the Bush and Obama Administrations’ Approaches, International Law Studies, US Naval War College, Vol. 90, 2014


    Ganor, Boaz (Co-Authored with Miri Wernli Halperin), The Infiltration of Terrorist Organizations into the Pharmaceutical Industry: Hezbollah as a Case Study, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Taylor & Francis, Volume 36:9. 699-712, 2013.


    Ganor, Boaz, (Co-Authored with  Kruglanski Arie; Sharvit Keren; Wang Mo; Chen Xiaoyan; Azani, Eitan) The Effects of Israeli Coercive and Conciliatory Policies on Palestinian Terrorist Activity: 2000-2006, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflicts, Taylor & Francis, 1-23, 2013.


    Ganor, Boaz (Co-Authored with Ophir Falk), "De-radicalization in Israel’s Prison System", Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Taylor & Francis, Volume 36:2, 2013, pp. 116-131, 2013


    Ganor, Boaz, "An Intifada in Europe? - A Comparative Analysis of Radicalization Processes among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza versus Muslim Immigrants in Europe", Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Taylor & Francis, Volume 34, Issue 8, 2011, pp. 587-599


    Ganor, Boaz (Co-Authored with Merari, Fighel, Lavie, Tzoreff, Livne) "Making Palestinian 'Martyrdom Operations' / 'suicide attacks' Interviews with would-be Perpetrators and Organizers", Terrorism and Political Violence, Taylor & Francis, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2010, pp. 102-119


    Ganor, Boaz, "Terrorist Organization Typologies and the Probability of a Boomerang Effect", Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Routledge: Taylor & Francis, April 2008, pp. 269-283


    Ganor, Boaz, “Defining Terrorism: Is one Man’s Terrorist Another Man’s Freedom Fighter?”, Police Practice & Research – An International Journal, Volume 3, Number 4, Routledge – Taylor & Francis, 2003


    Ganor Boaz, Counter Terrorism Coordination – The Role of the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Coordinator, Counterterrorism Yearbook 2021, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), 2021


    Ganor, Boaz, “Terrorism in the Middle East”, Oxford Handbook of Terrorism, Erica Chenoweth, Andreas Gofas, Richard English, Stathis Kalyvas (ed.), Oxford University Press, 2019


    Ganor, Boaz, "Israel and the Palestinian Liberation  Organization", History of Terrorism, Randall D. Law (ed.), Routledge, 2014


    Ganor, Boaz, "Terrorism and the Laws of Multi-Dimensional Warfare", Shaping a Global Legal Framework for Counterinsurgency: New Directions in Asymmetric Warfare, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp. 141 – 161.


    Ganor, Boaz, "The challenge of terrorism", Israel in the troubled Middle East, Efraim Inbar (Ed.), Routledge 2012, pp. 89-107


    Ganor, Boaz, ”The first 'Intifada' – Israeli Counter Policy", Israel’s 6th Decade – Research Anthology, Ronen Yitzhak (Eds), Bar-Ilan Publishing House, 2012, pp. 161-187


    Ganor, Boaz, "The use of force to combat terrorism", Contemporary Debates on Terrorism, Samuel Justin Sinclair, Richard Jackson (Eds.), Routledge, 2012, pp. 137-142


    Ganor, Boaz, "Dilemmas and Challenges for the Israeli Intelligence Community in Fighting Terrorism", Gliboa Amos, Lapid Ephraim (Eds.), Israel’s Silent Defender  - An Inside Look at Sixty Years of Israeli Intelligence, Gefen Publication House, 2012 (in English), pp. 154-164


    Ganor, Boaz, "International cooperation and the dynamic terrorist threat",  Toward a Grand Strategy Against Terrorism, C.  Harmon, A. Pratt, S. Gorka (Eds.), McGraw-Hill, 2011, pp. 396-401


    Ganor, Boaz, "Terrorism Networks",  The Network Challenge, The Strategy, Profit, and Risk in an Interlinked World, Paul Kleindorfer, Yoram (Jerry) Wind, Robert E. Gunther (Eds.), Wharton School Publishing,  Pearson Education Inc, 2009, pp. 453 – 470.


    Ganor, Boaz, “Dilemmas and Challenges in Israeli Intelligence Counter-Terrorism", Masterpiece: An Inside Look at Sixty Years of Israeli Intelligence, Gliboa Amos, Lapid Ephraim (Eds.), Miskal - Yedioth Ahronoth Books and Chemed Books, 2008 (in Hebrew), pp. 122-129


    Ganor, Boaz, “From Classical Terrorism to Biological Terrorism”, Science, Technology & Security: From Soldiers in Combat up to Outer Space, Isaac Ben-Israel, Haggai Golan (Eds.) Israel Defense Forces (IDF) & Ministry of Defense Publications, 2006 (in Hebrew), pp. 142-150


  • Terrorism is terrorism: The Christchurch terror attack from an Israeli CT perspective (ASPI, 2020)


    MIA: An International Definition of Terrorism (The Arena, 2018)


    A New Counter-Terrorism Doctrine for President Trump (ICT, 2017)


    The Formulation of a Counter-Terrorism Strategy (Jpost, 2015)


    Security and Defense: A League of Nations Fighting Terror (Jpost, 2015)


    What can be Learned from the Paris’ Black Friday Attacks (Jpost, 2015)


    The Terrorism Pandemic (Jpost, 2015)


    Israel’s Policies during Operation Protective Edge – Defeat? Deterrence? Settlement? (ICT, 2014)


    The Gaza Wake-Up Call (ICT, 2014)


    Israel’s Present and Future Security Challenges in the Field of Counter-Terrorism (Jpost, 2014)


    Israel and Hamas – Is a War Imminent (Orbis, 2013)


    The Hybrid Terrorist Organization (JCPA, 2012)


    Norway’s Intelligence Failure (YnetNews, 2011)


    The Rationality of the Islamic Radical Suicide Attack Phenomenon (ICT, 2007)


    The Changing Threat of International Terrorism (The Sydney Papers, 2002)