Why and How to Adopt a “Resilience Strategy” to Counter Terror: An Israeli Perspective


Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 2:15pm to 3:30pm


Room 226/Ash Center Conference Room, Suite 200 North, 124 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA

In this seminar, Dr. Meir Elran, director of the Homeland Security Program at the Institute of National Security Studies in Israel and a retired Brigadier General in the Israel Defense Forces, will make the case that Israel and other countries should shift from a strategy of resistance to terrorism (i.e., trying to prevent every single attack – an impossible task, he argues) to one that more heavily emphasizes societal resilience. Elran will explore how various factors, including local and national leadership and public trust, affect and complicate efforts to promote, develop, and sustain resilient societies that experience an especially high level of terrorist attacks, as is the case in Israel.

Organized by the Program on Crisis Leadership and co-sponsored by the Crisis Management Professional Interest Council and the Homeland Security Project (Belfer Center), Harvard Kennedy School.