The National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa was established in 2000, to promote research and public discourse on Israel's national security. The NSSC seeks todevelop interdisciplinary research in a wide-range of areas, bringing together political, social, military, legal, ethical and economic aspects of national security, hoping to contribute to a better and more comprehensive understanding of these issues among decision makers, as well as senior political and military officials. To set its work in the broader international context, the NSSC strives to develop and maintain a dialogue with national security institutions around the world. For the last quarter century, the National Security Studies Program at the University of Haifa and the NSSC have been educating senior officials and high ranking officers in the field of national security. Recently, the NSSC engaged young scientists in a few research groups to conduct ground breaking work, hoping to forge the new generation of scholars that will lead the Center in the future. Prof. Gabriel Ben Dor established the Center and led it in its formative years. Since 2008 Dr. Dan Schueftan has taken over as the Director of the NSSC.
The Middle East in the Eye of the Storm
The research group is engaged in groundbreaking research in the fields of security and intelligence. It consists of several teams of researchers from universities in Israel and abroad. The researchers specialize in various disciplines such as technology, exact sciences, humanities, social sciences and law. The group enables researchers to combine professional experience with practical academic research. The group is working in collaboration with research centers, agencies and different organizations in order to enrich the research
For over a decade the National Resilience Survey has been examining how the Israeli society is coping with the national security challenges it faces. This is the most comprehensive survey to ever take place in the state of Israel, as well as the most empirically meticulous study in the field of political sociology and Israel’s national security both in the size and scope of the sample polled. Every year the survey focuses on five dimensions of the social component of national resilience, which are: fear (from attacks by enemy states or terrorist), national optimism, militancy, patriotism, and confidence in national institutions.
The project "Extremism and political violence in Israeli society" examines the influence of traumatic and threatening events and / or conflicts ('The second Intifada', terror attacks, the disengagement etc.) on support for attitudes which express extremism and political violence within Israeli public since the beginning of the previous decade. This project is considered the leading research in this field.