Why a Strategic Dialogue?

The effectiveness of current contacts between Europe and Israel can be improved and there is a need to better understand each side's culture, values, experiences and perspectives. The FSD provides strategic vision without a political agenda, beyond the constraints of formal intergovernmental relations to produce effective change and trusted professional relationships that endure beyond the annual strategic dialogues. The FSD provides a private and secluded venue for high-level European and Israeli policymakers and experts for informal interpersonal exchange on issues of national security where close coordination is essential.







Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Gilead, Executive Director, IPS and Chair, Annual Herzliya Conference
Series, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy, IDC Herzliya; former Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs, Israeli MoD, giving a keynote presentation at the residence of the French Ambassador to Israel at the occasion of the  Seventh France-Israel Strategic Dialogue


Initiated in 2010 as a first of its kind, the unique France-Israel Strategic Dialogue has taken place annually and has become a major event on the French-Israeli foreign policy calendar. The FSD  organizes this event  in partnership with FRS (Foundation for Strategic Research), ELNET (European Leadership Network)  and INSS (Institute for National Security Studies), with the endorsement of DGRIS   (Directorate General for International Relations and Strategy), the French Ministry of Defence