The Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at IDC Herzliya, the convener of the Annual Herzliya Conference Series, aspires to contribute to Israel's national security and resilience. To that end, the Institute conducts integrative and comprehensive policy analysis on the national challenges, produces strategic insights and policy recommendations for decision-makers, and informs the public and policy discourse.


​The Institute's policy agenda consists of two main pillars:


The first and primary one is identifying opportunities and risks for Israel in both the Mediterranean arena and global setting. The IPS strives to characterize geostrategic and geopolitical trends shaping the Middle East, including the involvement of superpowers and key regional players. Special emphasis is placed on identifying dynamic regional shifts that enhance the threat posed by Iran, alongside the development of new strategic relationships between Israel and the Arab states. In this context, the IPS also discusses the strategic implications of the deadlock in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.


The second IPS focus area is Israel's national resilience as a foundation for national security. In this area, the IPS seeks to promote an understanding of the risks resulting from the destabilization of liberal democracy and gatekeepers in Israel, alongside demographic processes that are reshaping Israeli society. It also aims to show that domestic weakness negatively reflects on Israel's ability to cope with internal as well as external crises, and underscores the role played by the health system as a component of national security.



Main research topics includes:


  • The principal threat posed by Iran and its radical axis.

  • The Israeli-Palestinian Relationship.

  • The new era in Israel's relationships with the Arab-Sunni bloc.

  • Russia as a dominant power in the Middle East: Challenges and opportunities for Israel.

  • Israel's strategic relationships with the United States.

  • Societal resilience is a key building-block of Israel's national security.


IPS Publications & Outputs


Written publications such as position papers as well as summaries of insights and recommendations following conferences, think tanks, and discussions to relevant target audiences.


Briefings, overviews, videoed publications and interviews through various media outlets.


Special emphasis is placed on the IPS's international profile by translating written and videoed publications, as well as using the various media and online platforms in English as well. Op-eds and policy papers are also prepared and distributed through foreign media outlets.

IPS Conferences, seminars, and round tables are based on the following operative principles: diverse discussion frameworks: interviews on stage, discussion platforms, unique overviews, meticulous content management and production for optimal experience for local and overseas participants. A mixture of local and international speakers. Preparing a summary of key insights and recommendations for distribution to the IPS community, media, and decision-makers in Israel and worldwide.