Shai Feldman

Senior Associate Fellow


Professor Shai Feldman is director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. From 1997-2005 he served as head of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In 2001-03 he served as a member of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.

Professor Feldman was a senior research associate at the Jaffee Center from its establishment in late 1977. In 1984-87 he was director of the Jaffee Center's Project on US Foreign and Defense Policies in the Middle East and, in 1989-94, he directed the Center's Project on Regional Security and Arms Control in the Middle East.

In 1994, Feldman was a visiting fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and in 1995-97 he was a senior research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government (1995-97).

Educated at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Professor Feldman was awarded a PhD by the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. 

He is the author of numerous publications including: Israeli Nuclear Deterrence: A Strategy for the 1980s (New York: Columbia University Press, 1982); The Future of US-Israel Strategic Cooperation (Washington D.C.: The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 1996); Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control in the Middle East (Cambridge: MIT Press,1997); Bridging the Gap: A Future Security Architecture for the Middle East (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 1997 - with Abdullah Toukan (Jordan); and, Track-II Diplomacy: Lessons from the Middle East (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003 - with Hussein Agha, Ahmad Khalidi, and Zeev Schiff).