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 is The Jerusalem Report interview with Yohanan Plesner, the President of the Israel Democracy Institute and a contributor to our upcoming edition of Fathom Journal: Israel at 70. The interview also features Dorit Beinisch, the former President of the Supreme Court of Israel. They discuss their belief that Israel can strike the right balance between being a strong democracy and a Jewish state.