Forum

About the Forum

The 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 defense, 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 Israeli and European entities involved in policymaking, in order to contribute to the development of common perceptions and perspectives

The first Strategic Dialogue was spearheaded in 2010 between French and Israeli actors. The success of this event led to collaboration with prestigious European and Israeli research centers 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 meetings between Israel and key European countries—France, Germany, the UK and Poland, as well as with the EU. The FSD also hosted  in 2014  a NATO-Israel Cooperation Event in partnership with NATO. 

Executive Staff
Mr. Eran Etzion - FSD Executive Director
Previously the Head of Policy Planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; former Deputy Head of the National Security Council; extensive experience in the fields of strategy, policy planning and diplomatic execution across all dimensions of national and international security; led strategic and policy planning dialogues between Israel and its major international allies and counterparts including the US, China, Russia, France, Britain, and Germany; BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Far Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University; and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

      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 Defense. He has sat on a number of national and international blue-ribbon bodies. Most recently, this included the French Defense 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.
Brig. Gen. (ret.) Michael Herzog - Israel
International Fellow, Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Over the last decade, General Herzog held senior positions in the office of Israel’s Defense Minister under four different Defense Ministers: Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defense (2006 -2009), and Senior Military Aide to the Minister of Defense (2001-2004). He was a Visiting Military Fellow at the Washington Institute (2004-2006). He participated in most of Israel’s negotiations with the Palestinians, Jordanians, and Syrians in recent years. He served as Special Emissary for the Peace Process to Israel’s Prime Minister and Minister of Defense (2009-2010).
Dr. Bruno Tertrais - France
Senior Research Fellow, 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 Defense 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 Defense 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.
Dr. Marcin Zaborowski - Poland
Director, Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM); Former Director, Trans-Atlantic Programme, European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), Paris, dealing with transatlantic relations, US foreign policy, EU Common Security and Defense Policy and EU enlargement. Dr. Zaborowski lectured in international relations at the University of Birmingham and Aston University, UK (2001-2005) and was Coordinator and Director of the Transatlantic Programme at the Centre for International Relations in Warsaw (2002-2004). He was a fellow with NATO’s academic programme (1999-2000) and a visiting fellow with EUISS (2004). With a PhD in European Studies and an MA in International Studies from the University of Birmingham, he is also a graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.
Mr. Raanan Eliaz - Israel
Founder of the Forum of Strategic Dialogue (FSD); Senior Coordinator for Foreign Affairs at the Israeli National Security Council under Prime Ministers Sharon and Olmert, responsible for policy planning issues concerning Israel's relations with the European Union and NATO; held positions at the Washington Institute, the Hudson Institute and in AIPAC; and was instrumental in the creation of Europe Near East Forum (ENF) and European Friends of Israel (EFI), Brussels.