Lauren Mellinger joined BICOM in 2016 as a Research Fellow. She is also currently pursuing a PhD in War Studies at King’s College London, where her research focuses on Israeli counterterrorism, national security decision-making, and hybrid organizations. Prior to joining BICOM, she was a Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Middle East Policy (CMEP) at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and at the International Institute for Counter-terrorism in Herzliya, Israel. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University, and earned a Juris Doctor and Master’s in International Relations from Syracuse University.
Our Voice of the Week features two of Israel’s smaller parties, both aiming to shake up the Knesset, one new and one old. Gonen Ben Yitzchak, former Shin Bet agent, is a co-founder of The Protest Movement for State Leadership party and active in the recent ‘Yellow Vest’ protests in Israel. Yariv Oppenheimer, former head of Peace Now, is a candidate for the left-wing Meretz party.