Welcome to the The Europa Institute

The Europa Institute is a unique center of excellence focusing on a wide range of security issues and topics relating to Israel and Europe and to the political and security systems in the European Union.

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The Team


Professor Shlomo Shpiro

Prof. Shlomo Shpiro Served as the Head of the Political Studies Department and Director of its Division of Intelligence and Homeland Security at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Prof. Shpiro is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (BA 1992), the University of Salford (MA 1994) and the University of Birmingham (PhD 1998). He specializes in the fields of intelligence, terrorism and security, combining research on technology and security policies, with emphasis on crisis management and communication, counter terrorism, social resilience, borders security and internal security issues..

Deputy Director

Dr. Ephraim Lapid

Dr. Ephraim Lapid, Brigadier General (Res.) is a lecturer of Political Science in Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He has extensive and diverse experience in the military and public affairs arenas. He holds a B.A. in Middle East studies and Arabic from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, a teacher's degree, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science. His research examines the Israeli intelligence Community during the years 1960 to 1980.

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Barak Bouks

Dr. Barak Bouks, Ph.D. (Bar-Ilan University, 2016), specializes in Religion & Terror. Dr. Bouks won a scholarship, to attend and present a paper, at UCSIA's Summer school, The University of Antwerp, Belgium, Under the theme "Is Faith-based Violence Religious". In 2017, he served as committee member of the Jabotinsky Prize for Literature and Research. Throughout 2017-2018, Dr. Bouks was elected as a peer reviewer for the journals Terrorism and Political Violence, Religion State and Society & Conflict Management and Peace Science. Main research interests are Terror & Religion, Middle-East & Security (Focusing in Lebanon), Arab Media (Focusing in Middle-Eastern regional media), conducting surveys, as well as qualitative & quantitative analysis (SPSS & Excel). In addition, Dr. Bouks serves as a commentator in the Israeli electronic media: Radio (Radio Eretz, Galei Tzahal) & T.V Channel I24 News.

Research Fellow and Senior Administrator

Dr. Adi Frimark

Dr. Adi Frimark is a Research Fellow and Senior Administrator at the Europa Institute, Bar- Ilan University in Israel. She specializes in security, intelligence, civilian and humanitarian aspects of conflicts. She has worked extensively in European and national security research projects, including the development of terrorism crisis communication strategies and end user requirements analysis. She holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Certificate wth honors in Journalism and Media Studies, an MA in Political Studies and a PhD in Political Studies from Bar- Ilan University. She has worked a year in Washington DC on developing security research methodologies in social sciences. From 2014 onward she teaches a course the "Civilian Infrastructure of National Security". In the years 2000-2003 worked as a journalist at the Israeli Broadcasting Authority's Reshet Bet (National Radio Station).

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Amir Bohbot

Dr. Amir Bohbot is one of Israel’s leading military correspondents and defense analysts and a lecturer at Ben Gurion University in the Negev. He received his doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Department of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University where he studied political and military decision-making during Israel’s war against Palestinian terror and specifically its policy of targeted killing from 2000-2012.

He received his B.A. from Sapir College’s Department of Communication Studies and his M.A from the Department of Communication Studies at Bar Ilan University. His thesis was a study of Israeli Intelligence during the Second Lebanon War and Operation Cast Lead while analyzing the different lessons learned from these conflicts and their systematic application. Amir has served as the Military Correspondent and Defense Analyst for Walla News since 2011 and previously worked for over a decade as a police and military correspondent for Maariv.

His first book - Weapon Wizards: How Israel Became a High-Tech Military Superpower - was published by St. Martin’s Press in 2017 and has since come out in Hebrew, Czech, Polish and Chinese.

Project and Research Assistant

Maayan Rockland

Maayan Rockland is Project and Research Assistant at the Europa Institute. She is an undergraduate student at Bar Ilan University studying Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. With a keen interest in international affairs, over the past year she served as the vice president of Bar Ilan’s Model UN Society. She made aliyah to Israel from the United States.

Research Fellow

Shay Shabtai

Shay Shabtai is an expert and practitioner for more than twenty five years in Middle East issues, Israel's national security, intelligence and strategic planning. He was the Head of the Long Term Strategic Planning Department in the IDF. Shay is currently a PhD candidate researching the influence of Israel's intelligence community on the national security strategy, and lectures in Bar Ilan University and the IDC in Herzlia. His current research also includes strategic communication and perception management; cybersecurity strategy; and redefining the operational level of armed conflicts. He is the strategist of Konfidas cybersecurity consulting firm, which works with Israeli leading firms.

Research Fellow

Dr. Hayim Iserovich

Dr. Hayim Iserovich holds a Ph.D. degree from Bar-Ilan University. His research topic was the development of the British counterterrorism doctrine in Northern Ireland between 1968 and 2005 and Israeli doctrine against the Palestinian terror organizations during that same period. Dr. Iserovich is a journalist with more than 15 years of experience in covering world news. Currently, he is the Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Maariv daily and writing a weekly column about world affairs for the weekend edition of Maariv, and he is writing articles for leading Israel magazine. His articles cover a wide range of current issues, including politics, security and terrorism around the world. Dr. Iserovich is a member of the International Intelligence History Association. He was an advisory board member for SAFE-COMMS (The Counter-Terrorism Crisis Communication Project), a joint project of Israel and the European Union (2010-2011). He also presented papers during conferences in Israel and abroad.

Research Fellow

Eyal Pinko

Eyal Pinko (Navy Commander, retired) served in the Israeli navy for 23 years. In those years he served 4 years in operational duties, 12 years as a project manager for several development programs, and for more than 6 years, as the head of branch at the Israeli naval intelligence.

Eyal served for 5 more years as the head of division at the ministry of defense (Civilian rank equal to RADM). Eyal holds the Israel's security award, prime minister's decoration of excellence, DDR&D decoration of excellence, and IDF commander in chief decoration of excellence. Since August 2017, he is a senior private consultant for cyber, maritime cyber and business intelligence. He holds bachelor’s degree with honor in electronics engineering, and two master’s degrees with honor in political science and in organizational development. Since 2015, he has been a PhD candidate at the Bar-Ilan university and a Research Fellow at the Haifa Maritime Policy and Strategy Research Centere. His research focuses on strategy, asymmetrical and hybrid warfare, maritime cyber and naval weapon systems.