The Annual Herzliya Conference Series

The Herzliya Work Cycle: Anticipatory and Policy-Oriented  

The Herzliya Conference, the flagship event of the Institute for Policy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, is a year-long work cycle consisting of the following phases: 

§  Preliminary research and analysis conducted by the Herzliya Taskforces and commissioned experts; 

§  The Conference, at which major policy statements and initiatives are delivered, and Herzliya Roundtables are held, followed by deliberations and the presentation of specially commissioned reports and studies; 

§  Executive Herzliya Reports presented to key policy-makers, summarizing the Conference’s proceedings, findings, and major policy recommendations.  

The Conference, held under academic auspices, in a non-partisan, informal atmosphere, facilitates and encourages an informed debate on the most pressing issues on the national and international agendas. The Conference covers the military and diplomatic domains, as well as increasingly important matters as economic viability, social cohesion, government performance, education and world Jewish affairs. Undertaking a policy-driven and action-oriented approach, the Herzliya Conference supports the formation of a ‘grand strategy’ for Israel and the region by shaping decisions and influencing policy outcomes.  

While the overall theme of the Conference series is constant, each year’s agenda addresses the topics considered to be most important and urgent and those issues where an integrative approach can be expected to yield particular value and impact. 

The cumulative product of the Herzliya Conference Series – the proceedings, reports, and policy recommendations – frames policy discourse and debates and provides timely input into policy-making in Israel and abroad, at times with direct involvement of the senior team of the Conference. 

The Herzliya Impact: Setting the Agenda 

The integrative assessments and concrete recommendations deliberated at Herzliya have had a demonstrable impact on Israel’s national policy, often implemented. In many areas, the Institute for Policy and Strategy, through the Herzliya Conference, was the first to place items on the national agenda. 

First to identify the Iranian drive towards nuclear weapons and regional hegemony as the primary strategic threat to Israel and the region and assess the implication of a poly nuclear Middle East; 

First to apply path-breaking methodologies for comparative national security assessments; 

First to set-out proactive communication strategies for Israel’s international public diplomacy; 

First to realize the opportunity of deepening Israel’s relations with the Western world – NATO and the Euro-Atlantic community;  

First to truly incorporate Jewish peoplehood input into Israeli foreign and national security policy-making; 

First to trigger a comprehensive reform of Israel’s school education system; 

First to single out the key engines for long-term economic growth in macro-economic planning in Israel. 

The Herzliya Network: Convening Power and Global Outreach 

The Herzliya Conference draws on its range of networks and convening power and assembles the senior policy-makers of Israel along with international leaders and renowned global thinkers, for informed and non-partisan deliberation. The Conference convenes the exclusive participation of senior opinion leaders, strategists, military personnel, academics, diplomats and politicians from Israel and around the world. 

The Institute for Policy and Strategy has established and marshaled a unique network of affiliations with prominent institutions, research centers, think tanks and government agencies from around the globe. 

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