Shabtai Shavit is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel; a post he has held since 2001. He served as the director of Israel’s Intelligence Services, the Mossad, between 1989 and 1996, having joined the organisation in 1964 and holding a number of positions over the 32 years before his appointment as director. He also currently holds positions as an adviser to the Israeli National Security Council, the Knesset Sub-Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Foreign Affairs and National Security.
Our Voice of the Week is Dr Tamara Cofman Wittes, speaking at an IISS event in London, which asked: Is the US abandoning the Middle East? Dr Wittes is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. The event was chaired by Emile Hokayem and took place on 4 March 2019.