Board of Academic & Expert Advisors
Ambassador Reuven Merhav

Ambassador Reuven Merhav – Former Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Merhav established the first ever Israeli mission in Beijing. He served for years the Prime Minister’s office and within the Security and Intelligence Community. During this period, Mr. Merhav was stationed in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Iran. He is currently an Academic Fellow at both the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies (JIIS), and the International Dialogue Initiative (IDI). Reuven has authored several publications on Jerusalem, the Middle East, Ethiopia, and China-Israel related topics.

Prof. Huang Renwei

Prof. Huang Renwei, served successively as Vice President of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), Dean of SASS Research Institute of History and Vice President of the Shanghai Center for International Studies.

He is currently Distinguished Research Fellow at the Cross-strait Research Center under the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, member of the Policy Advisory Expert Group of Shanghai Municipality, Vice President of the Shanghai American Society, Vice President of Shanghai Association for International Studies, Vice President of the Shanghai Taiwan Research Society, Executive Director of the All-China American Economic Association, Director and Executive Director of the All-China American Historical Society, Director of Pudong American Economic Research Center, and Deputy Director of the Shanghai Center for International Studies.

Huang Renwei, holds a Ph.D. in American History, is a senior fellow for international strategic studies. His academic work “The Time and Space of China’s Rise” (2002) has been widely quoted in the academic community of China. Professor Huang has been active as a visiting professor at Leiden University, Nederland (1997); the Rand Corporation, US (1998); and Stanford University, US (1999).

Amb. Efraim Halevy

Mr. Efraim Halevy served as Head of The Center for Strategic Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Halevy served as the Head of Israel Secret Intelligence Service from 1998 to 2002 and Deputy Head of Israel Secret Intelligence Service from 1990 to 1995. Mr. Halevy served as Israel Ambassador to the European Union from 1996 to 1998 and National Security Advisor to Israel Prime Minister Sharon from to 2002 to 2003, and as Head of the National Security Council from 2002 to 2003.

Prof. Uriel Reichman

Prof. Uriel Reichman is the President of the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya; the first private institution of higher education in Israel.

He founded the IDC in 1994. Prior to holding this position, Prof. Reichman was the dean of the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, from 1985-1990.

In the mid-1980’s, Prof. Reichman founded a team which formulated a proposal for an Israeli constitution that included reforms such as the direct election of the Prime Minister, constituency elections, a Bill of Rights, etc.

Part of his proposal was included within the Basic Laws in 1992. He was involved with the establishment of the Shinui Movement after the Yom Kippur War and was a Kadima candidate to be Education Minister in 2005.

Mr. Ma Xiaolin

Ma Xioalin, Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, is Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief of website and News commentator and columnist. He previously served as Executive Director of China Foundation for International Studies, Director of the Middle East Academy in China, Director of the Chinese-Arab Friendship Association, Director, Asia-Africa Development & Exchange Society, Guest Professor, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Former Senior Xinhua Correspondent in Kuwait, Palestinian Territory and Iraq.

Ma specializes in research & news reporting on Middle-east affairs, in which he received “International News Award of China” as well as being named 5th of “100 Most Distinguised News Practitioner”. Ma has numerous publications in English, Arabic and Chinese, including his memoirs Survial Diary on the Land of Palestine & Israel, and Through the Frontier from Death to Survival.

Amb. Bilahari Kausikan

Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan is currently Chairman of the Middle East Institute, an autonomous institute of the National University of Singapore, and Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. From 2001 to May 2013, Amb. Kausikan was first the second Permanent Secretary and subsequently Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He previously served in a variety of appointments, including Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Ambassador to the Russian Federation. Amb. Kausikan is a graduate of Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York.

Prof. Aron Shai

Prof. Aron Shai is the pro-rector of Tel Aviv University and the Shoul N. Eisenberg Professor for East Asian Studies.

He was also formerly a member of the Council for Higher Education, chair of the Ministry of Education’s History Curriculum Committee, academic dean at the David Yellin College of Education, chair of the Department of East Asian Studies and Vice Rector at Tel Aviv University and has been a visiting scholar at numerous other academic institutions, both in Israel and abroad.

David Goldman

Mr. David P. Goldman is a principal of Asia Times and a Senior Fellow at the London Institute for Policy Research. He has published widely on international security, with a focus on the impact of economics and demographics. He was the Wax Family Fellow at Middle East Forum and was a Visiting Fellow at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. He writes the widely followed “Spengler” column at Asia Times Online and PJ Media. His work appears in “The Wall Street Journal”, “The American Interest”, “Claremont Review of Books”, “First Things”, “Tablet Magazine” and “Standpoint”. His 2011 book How Civilizations Die was widely reviewed in English and appeared in Hebrew translation. He was a managing director at a Hong Kong investment bank, Reorient Group, between 2013 and 2016. Previously he was Global Head of Fixed Income Research at Bank of America and Global Head of Credit Strategy at Credit Suisse.

Francesco Sisci

In 1988 Francesco Sisci was the first foreigner ever admitted to the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS, a leading research institute in China) for a thesis in Chinese Classical Philology and Philosophy with a thesis on “Rationalisation of Thought and Political Discourse in Early Mohism” coming from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Since 1994 he has been a correspondent in Beijing for ANSA, the Greater China correspondent for Asia Times, Contributes to Il sole 24Ore and Corriere della Sera, the Singapore’s Straits Times and La Stampa.

Mr. Sisci has conducted exclusive interviews with several top Chinese leaders such as President Jiang Zemin, Prime Minister Zhu Rongji and state councilor Dai Bingguo. Since 1999 he has been a Senior consultant for the Italian Ministry of Environment in China, designing the framework and setting the network of local contacts on the Italian-Sino Environmental cooperation, the most important Environmental cooperation with China and the Chiara Fama Director of the Italian institute of Culture in China. Mr. Sisci is currently a Senior Researcher at Renmin University.

Edward N.Luttwak

Edward Luttwak is a CSIS senior associate and has served as a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Council, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force, and a number of allied governments as well as international corporations and financial institutions. He is a frequent lecturer at universities and military colleges in the United States and abroad and has testified before several congressional committees and presidential commissions. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bath (United Kingdom).

Luttwak is the author of numerous articles and several books, including The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire (John Hopkins, 1976–2005); Turbo-Capitalism: Winners and Losers in the Global Economy (HarperCollins, 1999); The Endangered American Dream (Simon & Schuster, 1993); andCoup d’etat (Harvard, 1985), which has been published in 14 languages. His new edition of Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace (Harvard, 2001) has been published in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Estonian, and Turkish as well as English editions. Luttwak serves on the editorial board of the Washington Quarterly and Geopolitique (Paris). He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University, and he speaks French, Italian, and Spanish among other languages.