Forum

About the Forum

The Forum of Strategic Dialogue (FSD)  is a unique vehicle for informal consultations between Europe and Israel's top governmental officials and experts and allows for out-of-the-box problem-solving thinking in the fields of defence, security, foreign affairs and  economy. In so doing, the FSD contributes to the development of policy, based on the mutual understanding of European and Israeli strategic environments, needs and common interests. 

      Mission

  • Promote dialogue between Israeli and European officials and experts   involved in the fields of national security and foreign policy
  • Enhance mutual understanding and joint interests
  • Establish professional ties and personal relations between decision-makers involved in policymaking, in order to contribute to the development of common perceptions and perspectives

The first Strategic Dialogue was spearheaded in 2010 between France and Israel. The success of this event led to collaboration with prestigious European and Israeli research centres and governmental institutions, and the establishment of the FSD in 2013 as an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit, and non-partisan organization. Today the FSD hosts annual Dialogues between Israel and key European countries—France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and Poland, as well as with the European Union (EU). The FSD also launched the first US-Europe-Israel Trilateral Strategic Dialogue in 2018 and hosted    a NATO-Israel Cooperation Event in 2014. 

Executive Staff
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michael Herzog - FSD Executive Director
International Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Senior Fellow at BICOM and the Jewish People Policy Institute. He retired from active duty in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in late 2010, after a long and distinguished career. His service included heading the Strategic Planning Division of the IDF and working with four ministers of defense as senior military aide and chief of staff. Since 1993, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Herzog has actively participated in nearly all of Israel’s peace negotiations with the Palestinian, Syrians and Jordanians, including in the last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations (2013 to 2014). He recently published an insiders’ unique summary of this last round of negotiations.
Ms. Pascaline Wagemans - FSD Deputy Director
Former Project & Research Manager at the FSD (2014 to 2017), Project & Research Coordinator at the European Leadership Network (ELNET) (2013 to 2014), and an evidence-based consultant (2010 to 2011) and Business Analyst (2008 to 2009) at IMS Health, a leading global information and technology services company. Ms. Wagemans holds an MA in conflict resolution and mediation from Tel Aviv University and an MA and a BA in business engineering from Solvay Business School.

      Members

Mr. François Heisbourg - France
Chairman, Council of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy; Chairman, International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London; Special Adviser, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), Paris. His career has included senior positions in government: Mr Heisbourg was a member of the French mission to the UN and an international Security Adviser to the Minister of Defence. He has sat on a number of national and international blue-ribbon bodies. Most recently, this included the French Defence and National Security White Paper, the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, the International Commission on the Balkans, and the EU Commission’s group of personalities on security research and development.
Dr. Bruno Tertrais - France
Deputy Director, La Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), Paris. In 2007-2008, he was a member of the French presidential commission on the White Paper on Defence and Security, as well as a member of the French ministerial commission on the White Paper on Foreign and European policy. From October 1996 to August 2001, Dr Tertrais was Special Assistant to the Director of Strategic Affairs at the French Ministry of Defence and prior to that, a visiting fellow at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica. He served as Director of the Civilian Affairs Committee at the NATO Assembly. He holds a Doctorate of Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. In 2010, he was awarded the Vauban Prize for his distinguished career.