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Gal Luft

Dr. Gal Luft is executive director of the Washington, DC based Institute for the Analysis of Global Security (IAGS). He specializes in strategy, geopolitics, terrorism, Middle East and energy security. He has published numerous studies and articles on security and energy issues in various newspapers and publications such as Foreign Affairs, Commentary, Middle East Quarterly, Middle East Review of International Affairs, LA Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. He has given numerous media interviews to various news organizations such as CNN, FOX News, NBC, ABC and NPR and consulted to various think tanks and news organizations worldwide. He is an associate fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and is the author of The Palestinian Security Forces: Between Police and Army (Washington DC, 1998). Luft is a former lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces. In his military career, he commanded battalions in southern Lebanon, the Golan Heights, and YESH”A (Judea, Samaria and Gaza) and worked with the Palestinian Authority since its inauguration in 1994. Dr. Luft holds degrees in international relations, international economics, Middle East studies and strategic studies. He holds a doctorate in strategic studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.