Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA), is an independent academic body aspiring to contribute to promoting peace and security in the Middle East, through policy-oriented researches on national security in the Middle East, that is located near the Political Science department within Bar-Ilan University. The center was founded by Thomas Hecht, a Jewish-Canadian Leader, and was dedicated to Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat who signed the Egyptian–Israeli Peace Treaty, the first peace agreement ever signed between Israel and any other Arab country.

About the BESA Center

The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (also known by its acronym, the BESA Center) advances a realist, conservative, and Zionist agenda in the search for security and peace for Israel. The center conducts policy-relevant research on strategic subjects, particularly as they relate to the national security and foreign policy of Israel and Middle East regional affairs.

BESA Center publications and policy recommendations are directed at senior Israeli decision-makers in military and civilian life, the defense and foreign affairs establishments in Israel and abroad, the diplomatic corps, the press, the academic community, leaders of Jewish communities around the world, and the educated public.

The center sponsors conferences, lectures, and briefings for international and local audiences, bringing together leading experts from academia and public life, from Israel and abroad. The center has developed cooperative relations with leading strategic research institutes throughout the world, from Ankara to Washington and from London to Seoul. The Center conducts specialized research on contract to the Israeli foreign affairs and defense establishment, and for NATO.

Areas of Study

  1. Israeli strategic thought process
  2. The Regional deterrence and security
  3. Strategic alternatives within the Peace Process
  4. Interior and foreign policy of the Palestinian Authority
  5. Israeli Public opinion on national security
  6. Israel–United States relations
  7. Lower intensity of Terror and violence
  8. Israeli–Turkish strategic relations
  9. Security in the East to the Mediterranean Sea region
  10. Water sources in the Middle East
  11. WMD Proliferation
  12. Arms Control in the Middle East
  13. Military Industries
  14. IDF in the future
  15. Israel- Asia relations

Publications

  • Perspectives Paper
  • Mideast Security and Policy Studies
  • Books
  • News Bulletin

External links

  • The BESA Center Homepage

Coordinates: 32°4′4″N 34°50′33″E / 32.06778°N 34.84250°E / 32.06778; 34.84250

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