ATbar Magen, Amichai (Dr.)

Magen, Amichai (Dr.)

Senior Researcher and Head of the Terrorism & Governance Desk, International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) & Head, MA Program in Diplomacy & Conflict Studies, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel

Dr. Amichai Magen is The Marc & Anita Senior Researcher and Head of the Terrorism & Governance Desk at the ICT. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Dr. Magen received his Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Stanford Law School in 2009. Between May 2009 and May 2011 he was Director of the Institute for Democracy, Law and Diplomacy, and Associate Fellow at the Shalem Center, Jerusalem. Between 2005 and 2009, Dr. Magen was a Lecturer in Law, Stanford Law School. He was also a Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), Freeman-Spogli Institute (FSI), Stanford University.

In 2008 Amichai Magen became the first Israeli to receive the prestigious National Fellow award at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. In 2003 he received the Yitzhak Rabin Fulbright Award. Between 1999 and 2002 he served as Legal and Policy Adviser to the Attorney General, Ministry of Justice, Israel, and prior to that he was an IDF JAG Officer in Gaza.

Dr. Magen leads the ICT's efforts to better understand the relationships between governance and terrorism, and to develop new academic and policy knowledge about those relationships. His current research and teaching focuses on areas of limited statehood and problematic sovereignty, non-state governors, and international efforts to develop more systemic political, legal, and development solutions to the scourge of international terrorism. Dr. Magen has published extensively in leading journals in the fields of International Law, International Relations and Comparative Politics, including: Stanford Journal of International Law; Journal of Law Reform; International Studies Review; Internationale Politik; Columbia Journal of European Law; West European Politics; and Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs. He is also the editor of two volumes: Promoting Democracy and the Rule of Law: American and European Strategies (Palgrave-McMillan, 2009) (with Michael McFaul and Thomas Risse), and International Actors, Democratization, and the Rule of Law (Routledge, 2009) (with Leonardo Morlino).

Dr. Magen is a regular commentator for Israeli and international newspapers, radio, and television. In 2010 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the World Jewish Congress.

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Fighting Terrorism: The Democracy Advantage


Barcelona, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, London, Madrid, Manchester, New York, Nice, Paris, Stockholm, Sydney—over the past several years these and other cities of the democratic West have become places widely identified with terrorist attacks involving suicide belts, rammings by cars or trucks, improvised bombs, mass shootings, or stabbings.


First published in the Journal of Democracy

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Governing For Jihad: The Crisis Of Governance In The Middle East


When the ‘Arab Spring’ erupted five years ago, observers of the Arab world asked themselves mostly what kind of state governments will emerge from the popular revolts and anti-regime uprisings sweeping large parts of the Middle East and North Africa?

First published in Mackenzie Institute
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Striving For Security In An Insecure World


Not long ago, the sensible Berliner travelling to work on the U-Bahn line U1 could reasonably assume she was generally immune from the kind of security threats faced regularly by her friend living in Jerusalem. German civilians had not been killed by terrorists on home soil since 1996, when the now extinct Red Army Faction felled its last murderous blow. Palestinian nationalists, who attacked twice in Munich in the early 1970’s, last struck in Germany in 1982. Even al-Qaeda’s infamous Hamburg cell had the Pentagon in its sights, not the Hardthöhe.

First published in KAS International Reports 4|2015

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Israel, Europe and the converging terror threat


The increasing interconnectedness of the Islamist terror threats faced by Europe and Israel, and considers how policy makers can work together to keep their citizens safe.

First published in Fathom

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In the Eye of the Storm: An Israeli Perspective on the “Arab Spring”


From its advent, Israel had a more skeptical - and in retrospect a much more realistic - view than those of leading Western powers regarding the dynamics and likely trajectories resulting from the “Arab Spring”. Israel never bought into the “Spring” idea, viewing the upheavals that erupted in early 2011 across much of North Africa and Middle East as being closer to Tehran 1979 than to Berlin 1989. Israel is today effectively surrounded by a deadly mixture of new Islamist regimes (dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood but also by new Salafist parties), increasing weak states, and chaos. This paper examines this turbulent reality and outlines how Israel has adapted its foreign policy so far to deal with it.

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