International Institute for Counter-Terrorism

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Founder• Shabtai Shavit
• Uriel Reichman
• Aharon Scherf
• Avner Tal
• Hans Kahn
• Boaz Ganor

The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism is an Israeli institute which is based in the Interdisciplinary Center, a private educational institution in Herzliya, Israel. The International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (IICT) is the shortened and most common name for the institute.

Official narrative

The Centre was founded in 1996, and claims to be "the leading academic institute for counter-terrorism in the world, facilitating international cooperation in the global struggle against terrorism." It also claims to be "an independent think tank providing expertise in terrorism, counter-terrorism, homeland security, threat vulnerability and risk assessment, intelligence analysis and national security and defense policy."


The Institute is fully signed up to the ideology of the "war on terror".[1] The Center runs the World Summit on Counter-Terrorism which was held for the eighth time on 8-11 September 2008.[2]


Board of Directors/Founders


Dr. Boaz Ganor - Executive Director | Dr. Eitan Azani - Deputy Executive Director | Ms. Ela Kandel - Office Manager[4]

Senior Researchers

Dr. Ely Karmon | Col. (Res.) Adv. Lior Lotan | Col. (Ret.) Jonathan Fighel | Ms. Yael Shahar | Dr. Isaac Kfir[5]


Brig. General (ret.) Amnon Sofrin and Col. (res.) Shlomo Mofaz[6]

Program Managers & Researchers

Dr. Gil Ariely - Chief Knowledge Officer Ms. Orit Shamash-Wieksza Mr. Noam Rahamim Mr. Artem Kroupenev Ms. Naomi Cronin Mr. Moshe Covo Mr. Michael Barak Adv. Elad Popovich Ms. Sophie Vardy Mr. Gilad Zahavi[7]

Advisory Board

Prof. Jeffrey F. Addicott | Prof. William C. Banks | Mr. Alain Bauer | Dr. Josef Bollag | Dr. Leonard A. Cole | Mr. Jacques Duchesneau | Prof. Robert Friedmann | Dr. Rohan Gunaratna | Dr. Markus Hellenthal | Prof. Bruce Hoffman | Dr. Matthew Levitt | Mr. Peter S. Probst | Prof. Mitchel B. Wallerstein


Zachary Abuza[8] | Col. (res.) Adv. Lior Lotan [9] | Richard John Warnes[10]

Editing & Translation

Ms. Pnina Yarden | Mr. Arik Rodetzky | Mr. Yuval Sofer | Adv. Tal Yekutiel[11]


  1. ICT About Us, accessed 7 January 2007
  3. Founders and Board of Directors, IICT (Accessed: 3 February 2008 and 23 May 2009)
  4. ICT Staff, accessed 23 May 2009
  5. ICT Staff, accessed 23 May 2009
  6. IDC The Threat of Terrorism to the Stability in the Middle East Second ICT – Italian bilateral Conference, 04/12/2008
  7. ICT Staff, accessed 23 May 2009
  8. IICT Dr. Zachary Abuza, accessed 19 August 2009
  9. IICT Col. (res.) Adv. Lior Lotan, accessed 19 August 2009
  10. IICT Detective Constable Richard John Warnes, accessed 19 August 2009
  11. ICT Staff, accessed 23 May 2009