Azriel Bermant is a foreign policy and international security researcher, analyst, historian, author and lecturer. His work has focused on British foreign policy, Anglo-Israel relations, arms control, nuclear deterrence and nuclear proliferation. Dr. Bermant is currently a lecturer in International Security at Tel Aviv University. He was a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv until December 2015. His work has been published in numerous publications, including Foreign Affairs, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. He is the author of Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
Originally from England, Azriel Bermant is currently a lecturer in International Security at Tel Aviv University. He was a Research Fellow in the Arms Control and Regional Security Programme at Israel’s leading independent think tank, the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) between 2012 and 2015. His first book, Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East, will be published by Cambridge University Press in August 2016.
His areas of expertise include Israel’s relations with Europe and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, US Policy in the Middle East, NATO policy, Missile Defence, Iron Dome, Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Nuclear Deterrence.
His writing has been published in a variety of publications, including Foreign Affairs, The European Council on Foreign Relations, The Guardian, The Economist, The Daily Telegraph, The Jewish Chronicle and Haaretz, as well as in peer reviewed journals including Israel Affairs and Münchner Beiträge Zur Jüdischen Geschichte Und Kultur (‘The Munich Journal of Jewish History and Culture’). He has also published articles for INSS, including ‘The Russian and Iranian Missile Threats: Implications for NATO Missile Defence’. His latest article, ‘NATO’s Nuclear Deterrence in the Post-Ukraine Era’ was published in June 2016.
His commentary, insights and interviews on Europe-Israel relations, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and International Security issues have been featured in a number of leading outlets including Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Time Magazine, Xinhua, Forward and The Jewish Journal.
In 2013, he co-edited the edited volume, 'The Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime at a Crossroads' with the Director of the INSS Arms Control programme, Dr. Emily Landau.
He has presented and chaired panels at diverse international conferences. He moderated the panel ‘Whither Obama's Disarmament Agenda?’ at the INSS Arms Control conference in June 2015 which featured the award-winning journalist David Sanger of the New York Times and Andrey Kortunov of the New Eurasia Foundation. He addressed the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) conference on Missile Defence in June 2013, where he gave a presentation on 'The US-NATO-Russia Triangle: The Fraught Politics of Missile Defence.'
Azriel has also worked as a Country Assessor for Transparency International-UK. Between 1998 and 2006, he worked as a writer, editor, and translator for the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.
Azriel was awarded his PhD from University College London (UCL). The title of his doctoral thesis was: ‘A Triumph of Pragmatism over Principle: Margaret Thatcher and the Arab-Israel Conflict.’ He holds a BA in Politics from London Metropolitan University and an MA in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.