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, transatlantic relations, regional security, arms control, nuclear deterrence and nuclear proliferation. Dr. Bermant is currently a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague, in the Centre for the Study of Global Regions. He holds a PhD in diplomatic history from University College London and an MA in international relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has lectured in international Relations at Tel Aviv University and at the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a research fellow in security studies at the University of Nottingham between 2018 and 2019, and a research fellow in the arms control and regional security programme at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University, between 2012 and 2015. His work has been published in numerous publications, including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian and Haaretz. He is the author of Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Originally from England, Azriel Bermant is currently a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague. He was a research fellow in security studies at the University of Nottingham between 2018 and 2019, and 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), Tel Aviv University, between 2012 and 2015. His first book, Margaret Thatcher and the Middle East, was 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 Policy, 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 Journal of Strategic Studies and The International History Review. He has also published articles for INSS, including ‘The Russian and Iranian Missile Threats: Implications for NATO Missile Defence’.
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. He has been interviewed on the BBC on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and regional security issues.
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 Oxford Analytica and Transparency International-UK.
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.