A Research Fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center and a Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University
Dr. Ophir Falk is a lecturer and research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel where he has researched counter terrorism policies, legal precedence and suicide terrorism. Falk’s current research focuses on whether legal compliance enhances counter terrorism effectiveness. Falk served as a leading member of a counter-terrorism team commissioned by the International Olympic Committee to provide terror risk assessments for Olympic Games and has carried out risk assessments on scores of critical infrastructures in Europe, the Middles East and in the Far East. He is an author of; 'Suicide Terror: Understanding and Confronting the Threat' published by John Wiley & Sons and holds a BA in International Relations, degrees in law (LLB), Business Administration (MBA), and a PhD. in International Relations.
With targeted killing long becoming a key and perhaps primary counterterrorism measure used by a number of States in their confrontation with lethal terror, this article looks at the pros and cons of this method of warfare while focusing on the underlying justification for its use–namely its objective driven effectiveness. Israel’s use of targeted killing, intended to mitigate Palestinian suicide terrorism during the first decade of the 21st century, serves as the key case study in this article. A quantitative approach was adopted, using growth model analysis, and isolation of designated area, to demonstrate the effectiveness of targeted killing in reducing fatalities caused by suicide bombings. The period examined was from 2000 to 2010, with a key finding being that targeted killings of ideological leaders, primarily in Gaza, were more effective than operative level targeted killings in the context of confronting suicide bombing fatalities.
First published in Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol 9, No 1 (2015)
The IDF’s surgical aerial strikes have hurt Hamas but to this point have not deterred them from continuously targeting Israeli civilians.
First published by The Jerusalem Post
The presidential candidate more likely to prevent a nuclear Iran should get the American vote. There are a number of other important issues in the upcoming elections, but preventing a nuclear Iran stands above and beyond all else. Everything else pales in comparison.
First published in Ynet