About Us

The Bar-Ilan Center for International Communication (CIC) is led by Prof. Eytan Gilboa, a world renowned expert in international communication and public diplomacy. This center is the only one in Israel and one of only a few around the world that pursues research, conferences, and workshops in international communications and public diplomacy. It investigates both basic and applied dimensions of areas such as soft power, media coverage, strategic planning, 
evaluation, nation-branding, digital diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, NGOs and lawfare.  
Most of CIC's activities are dedicated to the challenges Israel is facing in the international arena and to means which can be effectively utilized to cope with these challenges. One of the CIC's main goals is to create awareness among Israeli politicians and officials about the rising significance of international communication and public diplomacy, for the security and well-being of Israel.
CIC offers basic and advanced workshops for government and non-governmental officials who represent Israel abroad. The workshops combine content, primarily about Israel and the Middle East, and techniques. Topics include writing to the media, advocacy, media framing, media relations, nation-branding, argumentation and persuasion, political marketing, public speaking and speaking on the broadcast media, social networks and inter-cultural communication.



Prof. Eytan Gilboa, Director of the Center for International Communication, and the Chair of the Israel Communication Association.
Prof. Eytan Gilboa is a world renowned expert in international communication and US policy in the Middle East. At Bar-Ilan University, he has served as a Professor of Politics and Communication and Director of the Center for International Communication. He founded and was the first Director of the School of Communication. He is also a visiting professor of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. He has been a Visiting Professor at leading American and European universities, including Harvard, Tufts, Georgetown, The American University in Washington, DC, UCLA and the University of Hamburg. 
A published author and recipient of several significant international fellowships and awards, Prof. Gilboa has also served as a consultant to the Israeli Prime Minister's Office and the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs. He is a frequent contributor to Israeli and international newspapers and a commentator on international television and radio networks. He earned his MA and PhD degrees from Harvard University.
Reut Yerushalmi-Volf is the event coordinator of the Center for International Communication and an MA research student in the department of Political Studies at Bar-Ilan University. In her work she is in charge of the Center's conferences and workshops including the Public Diplomacy Workshops for leading students and the Speaking with Impact Workshops for senior public figures. 
Reut holds an MA and a BA in Political Communication with highest honor, was an intelligence officer in the IDF, and still serves as a captain in the reserves.




CIC Fellows

Ya'akov Ahimeir

  Ya'akov Ahimeir -  Senior Journalist, IBA, TV & Radio Anchor, Recipient of The Israel Prize in Communication

Professor Gerald Steinberg is the founder of the Program on Conflict Management and
Negotiation and teaches in the Department of Political Studies at Bar Ilan University. He is
President of NGO Monitor.

Ms.Eva Rosenstein, President of The Lilyan Wilder Center for Communication Excellence

Edy Cohen

Dr. Edy Cohen, Bar-Ilan University, Expert on the Middle East and funder of the Kedem forum, for Middle-East studies and diplomacy. 

  Prof. Richard Landes, History Department, Boston University

Ben-Dror Yemini

  Mr. Ben-Dror Yemini, Commentator, Yediot Ahronot, foreign media coverage

Nachman Shai

  Dr. MK Nachman Shai, Knesset Deputy Speaker, media and low intensity warfare

Boaz Bismuth

  DBoaz Bismuth, Foreign News Editor, Israel Hayom, Former Ambassador to Mauritaniar. 

Netanel Avneri

  Netanel Avneri, Bar-Ilan University,  Expert on the Middle East

Golan Barhoom

Golan Barhoom, Arabic television commentator and funder of the Kedem forum, for Middle-East studies and diplomacy. 

Avi Bell

Prof. Avi Bell, Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law, international law

Miri Eisin

  Col. (Res.) Miri Eisin, Former Prime Minister's International Media Advisor, public diplomacy

Michael Ehrlic

Dr. Michael Ehrlic, BIU, Department of the Land of Israel Studies, human rights organizations

Clila Magen

Dr. Clila Magen, BIU School of Communication, media & and national security, place branding

Emmanuel Navon

  Dr. Emmanuel Navon, Chair, Communication & Political Studies, The Religious Orthodox College, Jerusalem, international relations

 Irit Kahn

Adv. Irit Kahn, President, The International Associate of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, international law and lawfare

David Saranga

  David Saranga, Senior Foreign Affairs Advisor to the President of Israel, international relations and social media

Stuart Palmer

  Stuart Palmer, Chairman, CoHaV (the coalition of hasbara volunteers), advocacy

Shmuel Ben-Tovim

  Shmuel Ben-Tovim, President of Ben-Tovim Consultants Ltd, former economic & commercial attaché, Israeli Embassy, London, foreign trade and branding