Author Biography

Dr. Haim Yogev

With a newly earned PhD in political science, Yogev is interested in war stratagems and the factors that influence their use. His research topic covers the social and cultural factors that affect the different styles of warfare adopted by military forces. Dr. Yogev is a manager and consultant for startup companies and valuates companies for various investors. He is a graduate of the Technion in Haifa (Cum Laude), and of the Tel Aviv University’s Security Program (Cum Laude) and holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9303-4899.

Prof. Ronen A. Cohen

Associate Professor, Chairman of the Middle East & Central Asia Research Center (MECARC) at Ariel University in Israel. In addition, he recently established the Journal for Interdisciplinary Middle Eastern Studies of which he is editor-in-chief. His research mainly focuses on Iranian Studies and regional politics; he has written and edited several books and monographs as well as numerous academic articles and commentaries and has occasionally been interviewed on TV and radio programs and in newspapers.

Dr. Eyal Lewin

Assistant Professor, head of the Department of Middle East Studies and Political Science at Ariel University. His publications are mainly in the field of political psychology and political sociology and focus on Israeli society taking a comparative approach. Before he completed his PhD studies at the University of Haifa, Lewin managed a private company for business development and the training of marketing managers. Lewin has for over thirty-five years served as a major in the reserve forces of the IDF and currently holds a position in the Home Front Command.



Subject Area Keywords

Development and security, Intelligence studies/education, Israel, Military affairs, National security, Security management, Strategy


Morris Janowitz believed that for an army to be victorious it needs to be led by as many intellectual forces as possible, just as any organization needs organizational intellectualism to prosper. It is agreed in scholarly literature that the intellectual must author various articles and manifestos to express their viewpoints, mindset, and philosophy in the public sphere. Based on Janowitz’s belief and using the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a case study, this research offers a model for a generic research methodology that can be practiced elsewhere. The mission was to find the extent to which the higher echelons of the Israeli military engage in writing academic articles concerning matters of strategy and army professionalism. Among other conclusions, the authors point out that, with certain reservations considered, the number of articles authored by the IDF’s senior officers proved to be low. If publication indeed reflects intellectualism, the few articles produced over seven decades by the IDF’s leading echelon ought to sound a warning for Israel’s military decision-makers.