Prof. Shaul Mishal

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

Head of Middle-East studies Program

Areas of expertise

  • Shaul Mishal is Director, Middle East Division, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, IDC-Herzliya, Israel Professor of Government at Tel Aviv University. Serves as senior advisor to the Department of Political Planning at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Defense and as a director and a consultant to international and regional private and public institutions. Founded and directed the Center for Israeli Arab Studies. Authored and co-authored 6 books and numerous articles on subjects related to Arab and Islamic political cultures and Palestinian politics. Visiting Professor at Yale University, visiting Scholar at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard and Senior Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. Received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and completed post-Doctoral studies at Yale University.


    S. Mishal
    West Bank/East Bank: The Palestinians in Jordan, 1949-1967
    Yale University Press, 129 pp., 1978.

    S. Mishal
    The PLO Under Arafat: Between Gun and Olive Branch
    Yale University Press, 190 pp., 1986.

    S. Mishal, R. Aharoni
    Speaking Stones: Communiques from the Intifada Underground
    Syracuse University Press, 307 pp., 1994.
    Also published as:
    Speaking Stones: The Words Behind the Palestinian Intifada
    Hakibbutz Hameuhad, 287 pp., 1989 (Hebrew).

    S. Mishal, A. Sela
    The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Coexistence
    Columbia University Press, 244 pp., 2000.

    S. Mishal, A. Sela
    The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence and Coexistence
    Columbia University Press, 244 pp., Revised and updated edition, 2006.
    Also published as:
    The Hamas Wind - Violence and Coexistence
    Yedioth Ahronoth Books, 335 pp. 1999 (Hebrew).

    S. Mishal, R. Kuperman, D. Boas
    Investment in Peace: The Politics of Economic Cooperation Between Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians
    Sussex Academic Press, 167 pp., 2001.

    S. Mishal, O. Goldberg
    Understanding Shiite Leadership: The Art of Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon
    Cambridge University Press, forthcoming


    S. Mishal
    Administration of Immigrant Absorption in Israel, 1964-1970
    Academon, 110 pp., 1971 (Hebrew).

    S. Mishal
    Tul-Karem, A Socio-Political Survey
    Judea and Samaria Military Headquarters, 99 pp., 1971 (Hebrew).

    S. Somekh, S. Mishal, Y. Binyamini, Y. Ginossar
    The Image of the Arab in Hebrew and Translated Literature as Taught in the Israeli  High School
    The Ford Foundation and New Outlook, 30 pp., 1986

    S. Mishal, Michael Reich
    Beyond Boundaries in Policy Making
    Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 30 pp., 1996

    S. Mishal, A. Sela
    Hamas: A Behavioral Profile
    The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, 67 pp., 1997.

    S. Mishal, R. Kuperman
    Cooperative Networks of Arabs and Jews in the Context of Economic Business 
    Netherlands-Israel Development Research Programme
    ( PIN 99- 3/1=PCG2), 35 pp., 2003.

    S. Mishal, N. Morag,
    Political Expectations and Cultural Perceptions in the Arab- Israeli Peace Negotiations
    The Whitney and Betty Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, 38 pp., 2007.


    N. Raphaeli, S. Mishal
    Some Problems of Field Research in a Refugee Camp.
    Megamot, Vol. XVII, pp. 269-277, 1970 (Hebrew).

    S. Mishal
    Socio-Economic and Immigrant Absorption Politics in Israel: Conflicting Trends                   
    State and Government, Vol.1, pp. 33-42, 1973 (Hebrew).

    S. Mishal
    Anatomy of Municipal Elections in Judea and Samaria
    Hamizrah Hehadash, Vol. XXIV, pp. 63-67, 1974 (Hebrew).

    S. Mishal
    Nationalism through Localism: Some Observations on the West Bank Political Elite
    The Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 17, pp. 478-91, 1981.

    A. Diskin, S. Mishal,
    Spatial Models and Centrality of International Communities: Meetings Between Arab Leaders, 1966-1978
    The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 25, pp. 655-75, 1981.

    S. Mishal, A. Diskin
    Palestinian Voting in the West Bank: Electoral Behavior in a Traditional Community without Sovereignty
    The Journal of Politics, Vol. 44, pp.  538-58, 1982.

    A. Diskin, S. Mishal
    Coalition Formation in the Arab World: An Analytical Perspective
    International Interactions, Vol.11, pp. 43-59, 1984.

    S. Mishal
    Paper War-Words Behind Stones: The Intifada Leaflets
    The Jerusalem Quarterly, No. 51, pp. 71-94, 1989.

    S. Mishal, N. Morag
    Trust or Contract? Negotiating Formal and Informal Agreements in the Arab-Israeli Peace Process
    International Negotiation, No. 5, pp. 523-542, 2000.

    S. Mishal, I. Talmud
    The Network State: Triangular Relations in Middle Eastern Politics.
    International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 175-197, 2000.

    S. Mishal, A. Sela
    Participation without Presence: Hamas, the PA and the Politics of Negotiated Coexistence
    Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 38, pp. 1-26, 2002.

    S. Mishal, N. Morag
    Political Expectations and Cultural Perceptions in the Arab-Israeli Peace Negotiations
    Political Psychology, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 325-353, 2002.

    S. Mishal
    The Pragmatic Dimension of the Palestinian Hamas: A Network Perspective
    Armed Forces & Society, Vol. 29, No. 4, pp. 569-589, 2003.

    Aharoni, S. Mishal,
    The Arab Kibbutz: The Rise and the Fall of "Acahva"
    Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, Vol.15,2005, pp. 181-208 (Hebrew)    

    S. Mishal
    Hamas: The Agony of Victory
    Strategic Assessment, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 5-12, 2006

    E. D. Kaplan, A. Mintz, S. Mishal, C.Samban,
    What Happened to Suicide Bombing in Israel: Insight from a Terror Stock Model
    Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol.28, No.3, pp., 225-235, 2005

    S. Mishal, M. Rosenthal,
    Al Qaeda as Dune Organization toward a Typology of Islamic Terrorism Organization
    Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol.28, No.4, pp., 275-293, 2005

    E. D. Kaplan, A. Mintz, S. Mishal
    Tactical Prevention of Suicide Bombing in Israel,
    Interfaces, Vol.36, No.6, pp., 553-561, 2006

    S. Mishal
    Hamas: The Agony of Victory
    Strategic Assessment, Vol.9, No.1, pp.5-12, 2006

    S. Mishal, I. Schnell
    Place as a Source of Identity in Colonizing Societies: Israeli Settlements in Gaza
    Geographical Review, Vol.98, No.2, pp., 242-259, 2008

    S. Mishal,
    Principles of Warfare in Densely Populated Areas of non-Arab Entities
    Military and Strategic Affairs, Vol.4, No.1, pp.25-32, 2012


    S. Mishal
    Jordanian and Israeli Policy on the West Bank
    The Kingdom of Jordan and the West Bank, Anne Sinai and Allen Pollack (eds.)
    American Academic Association for Peace in the Middle East, pp. 210-21 1977.

    S. Mishal
    Conflictual Pressures and Cooperative Interests: Observations on West Bank -
    Amman Political Relations, 1949-1967
    Palestinian Society and Politics, Joel S. Migdal (ed.)
    Princeton University Press, pp. 171-84, 1980.

    S. Mishal
    The Palestinian West Bank Political Elite - A Behavioral Portrait 
    Israel - A Developing Society, Asher Arian (ed.)
    Van Gorcum, Assen, pp. 127-44, 1980.

    S. Mishal
    The PLO and the Idea of a Palestinian State (אש"ף ורעיון המדינה הפלסטינית)
    The Palestinian Problem, Yonatan Shapira (ed.)
    Tel Aviv University Project on Peace, pp. 27-45, 1982 (Hebrew).

    S. Mishal
    The Unfolding of the Intifada
    Survey of Jewish Affairs 1990, Willilam Frankel (ed.)
    Basil Blackwell, pp. 3-23, 1990.

    S. Mishal, D. Schmiedler, I. Sened
    Israel and the PLO: A Game with Differential Information
    Game Theory and Applications, T. Ichiishi, A. Neyman, Y. Touman (eds.)
    Academic Press, 1990.

    S. Mishal
    Intifada Discourse: The Hamas and UNL Leaflets
    The PLO and Israel, Avraham Sela and Moshe Ma’oz (eds.) St. Martin’s Press, 1997.

    S. Mishal
    How Hamas Thinks
    The Peace Process Between Israel and the Arab Countries. Joseph Giant (ed.)
    Sussex Academic Press, 2002


    S. Mishal
    Palestinians from the Jordanian and Israeli Time Perspective
    The Joint Political Studies Committee, Yale University, April, 1976.

    S. Mishal
    Coalition Formation in the Arab World: An Analytical Perspective
    The Concilium on International and Area Studies, Yale University, December, 1981.

    S. Mishal
    The Peres Era in Israeli Politics
    The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, September 1986.

    S. Mishal
    The Palestinian Intifada: Some Socio-Political Observations
    The Israeli Political Science Association.
    The Hebrew University, May 1989.

    S. Mishal
    The Crisis in the Persian Gulf and the Future of the Arab-Israeli Conflict
    The Political Science Seminar, Yale University, Nov. 1990.

    S. Mishal
    The Intifada Discourse: Hamas and UNL Leaflets.
    The Truman Institute International Conference on Israel and the PLO, April, 1994.

    S. Mishal
    Beyond Boundaries in Policy-Making.
    The Takemi Program in International Health, Harvard, December, 1995.

    S. Mishal
    The Bureaucratic Culture of Islamic Movements: The Case of the Palestinian Hamas.
    Center for International Studies, MIT, February 1997.

    S. Mishal
    The Network State
    The Israeli Sociological Society, University of Haifa, February 1998.

    S. Mishal
    Trust vs. Contract: Reflections on the Arab-Israeli Peace Negotiations
    The Israeli Studies Association, Rutgers University, June 1998.

    S. Mishal
    Hamas and Israel
    Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, Amman, October 1999.

    S. Mishal
    Conflicts and Tacit Understandings: Hamas and Israel
    The International Programs Center, University of Oklahoma, Haifa, April 2003.

    S. Mishal, A. Mintz
    Decision Matrices and Outcomes: Explaining Arafat and Sharon’s Policy Options During the Intifada.
    Gilman Conference on New Directions in International Relations, Yale University,
    Feb. 2004.

    S. Mishal
    Patterns of Israeli Entrepreneurship with Egypt and Jordan
    Centra Institute for Technology, Arlington, Virginia October 2005.

    S. Mishal, A. Mintz
    Tactical Prevention of Suicide Bombings in Israel
    Annual Meeting of the Peace Science Society, Huston, Texas November 2005.

    S. Mishal,
    Hamas and the Future of the Israel-Palestinian Dispute, The Middle East Seminar, The Middle East Council, MacMillan Center, Yale University November, 2006.

    S. Mishal,
    Peace Initiatives in the Middle East Politics
    MacMillan Center, Yale University, December, 2007.