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Resistance and Resilience: Two Cornerstones of National Security

What is the secret that enables Israel’s localities around the Gaza Strip to thrive despite continuous threats in their communities in the last 20 years? This talk presents the idea of societal resilience as a complementary strategy for traditional military perspectives when dealing with threats posed in the country's home front. Using examples from Israeli localities around the Gaza strip allows for a comprehensive understanding of the role population behavior plays in national security.

Building a Resilient Society – a Precondition for a Start-up Nation

Israel has earned the nickname “Start-Up Nation” due to its innovation and cutting-edge technologies. This is achieved despite severe security challenges since Israel’s foundation, and even beforehand. Considering such challenges, what allows for Israeli society to continue growing, developing, and prospering economically? This talk will present the idea of societal resilience as a major component for dealing with threats posed on country’s home front, through using examples from Israeli localities around the Gaza Strip that face continuous security threats in the past 20 years.

The Role of the Israeli Home Front Command in the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread in Israel, the need arose for a central player to take responsibility over assisting the local population. As opposed to many other Western democracies, the immediate instinct of Israelis was to turn to the military not only for assistance but to manage the spread of the pandemic. How can it be that Israelis prefer the military over the government for managing a pandemic? What kind of role did the Israeli Home Front Commands end up taking on?

Dr. Carmit Padan

Resilience and Crisis Management

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English, Hebrew

Dr. Carmit Padan is a Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel-Aviv University and a Senior Research Fellow at Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at Technion, Haifa. Dr. Padan's main areas of research are national resilience, social-military relations, and military leadership. Dr. Padan's work on these subjects has been published in journals and edited volumes and has been presented in international academic conferences. Dr. Padan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Israeli Association for Civil-Military Relations.

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