Martin Sherman- Founder and CEO
Martin Sherman is the founder and CEO of the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies. Dr. Sherman holds degrees in Physics and Geology (B.Sc.), Business Administration (MBA) and Political Science (PhD) .
He writes a regular and widely read column “Into the Fray” in the Friday edition of the Jerusalem Post
He served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli intelligence community. From 1990-91 he held the post of ministerial advisor to the Israeli government, and has testified as an expert before the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) of US Congress, in a hearing on economic and security trends in the Middle East.
He was a research fellow (2003-2014) at the International Policy Institute for Counter- Terrorism (ICT) and acted as the academic coordinator of the internationally renowned Herzliya Conference in 2001 and 2002. From 2003-2010 he was the academic director of the Jerusalem Summit.
Dr. Sherman has 15 years’ experience as a director on the boards of several
Israeli commercial companies.
His academic publications include two books, The Politics of Water in The Middle East, and Despots, Democrats and the Determinants of International Conflict, (Macmillan), as well as several articles in journals such as the Middle East Quarterly, The Journal of Strategic Studies, The Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence, The Journal of Theoretical Politics, Nations and Nationalism, and Nationalism & Ethnic Politics.
Dr. Sherman has also published numerous chapters in edited volumes and policy papers on a range of strategic and foreign policy issues. Likewise, he has appeared frequently on TV and radio both on Israeli and international networks and writes extensively on security political and economic issues in the Israeli national press in both English and Hebrew.
Maj-Gen. (Res.) Gershon Hacohen – Research Associate
He enlisted in the IDF in 1973 and took part in the Yom Kippur war as an infantry soldier, fighting on the Egyptian Front in Sinai and the Suez Canal area.
He later transferred to the Armored Corps, where he rose through the ranks becoming a brigade commander and later a division commander.
From 2000, Hacohen served in the IDF’s General Staff, and in 2006 was promoted to the rank of Major-General in which capacity he was appointed Commander of the IDF Military Colleges and Commander of the Northern Corps. He retired from the IDF in 2014
Following his military service, Maj-Gen Hacohen has engaged extensive research on numerous security and strategic issues and has published a wide range of articles and policy papers on these topics. He is a frequent and sought after lecturers on military matters both in Israel an abroad. He holds a Master’s degree in philosophy and literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Barry Shaw – Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy
Barry Shaw is a Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israeli Institute for Strategic Studies.
He is regularly contributes to various media outlets including the Jerusalem Post and a frequent speaker at conferences and pro-Israel advocacy events.
Shaw has been a staunch defender of Israel in the public diplomacy arena for decades and has initiated the creation of several pro-Israel grassroots groups,
He has a keen following of tens of thousands of people globally.
Shaw is the author of three books:
‘Israel Reclaiming the Narrative’ rebuts fraudulent allegations against Israel with fact based refutations.
‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism’ is a thoroughly researched exposure of the Jew hatred at the heart of the Palestinian cause from their headquarters in Gaza and Ramallah into the campuses and anti-Israel activism in too many Western countries.
His most recent book, ‘BDS for IDIOTS,’ employs ridicule as new method of countering BDS activists and repudiating their slander against Israel with facts and humor.