Ariel (Eli) Levite

Nonresident Senior Associate
Nuclear Policy Program
Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007.
 

Education

PhD, Cornell University
MA, Cornell University
BA, Tel Aviv University

Languages

English; Hebrew

 

Ariel (Eli) Levite is a nonresident senior associate in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fisher Brothers Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies.

Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment, Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007. He also served as the deputy national security adviser for defense policy and was head of the Bureau of International Security and Arms Control in the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

In September 2000, Levite took a two-year sabbatical from the Israeli civil service to work as a visiting fellow and co-leader of the Discriminate Force Project at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University.

Before his government service, Levite worked for five years as a senior research associate and head of the project on Israeli security at the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. He has taught courses on security studies and political science at Tel Aviv University, Cornell University, and the University of California, Davis.

He has been awarded the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award at Tufts University’s Institute for Global Leadership and the Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur.

Levite is the author of “Will Nuclear War Break Out in the Middle East?” in Francois Heisbourg (ed.), Do Nuclear Weapons Have a Future?, Paris, France: Odile Jacob, 2011; “Reflections on Nuclear Opacity,” in Bruno Tertrais (ed.), A Tribute to Sir Michael Quinlan, Paris: France, forthcoming; “Rethinking Nuclear Abolition,” in A report to the Trilateral Commission 64, Washington, Paris, and Tokyo: The Trilateral Commission, 2010; “Global Zero: An Israeli Vision of Realistic Idealism,” The Washington Quarterly Vol. 32, No. 2, April 2010; “Heading for the Fourth Nuclear Age,” IFRI Proliferation Papers No. 24, Winter 2009; “Reflections on a Multilateral Base Camp,” Working Paper, Center for American Progress, July 2009; “The Current Proliferation Predicament” in Joseph E. Pilat, (ed.), Atoms for Peace: A Future After Fifty Years, Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center and the Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007; “Never Say Never Again: Nuclear Reversal Revisited,” International Security Vol. 27, No. 3, Winter 2002–2003; “The Case for Discriminate Force,” with Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Survival Vol. 4, No. 4, Winter 2002-2003; Offense and Defense in Israeli Military Defense Doctrine, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1989; Intelligence and Strategic Surprises, NY: Columbia University Press, 1987; and Israel’s Nuclear Image. Levite has also authored, contributed, and co-edited other works, including Foreign Military Intervention and Deterrence in the Middle East.

  • Article June 10, 2014 عربي
    An Israeli Perspective on Syria

    In response to the open-ended Syrian civil war and the policy dilemmas it raises, the Israeli government has essentially decided to take a backseat.

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  • Op-Ed Politico September 10, 2013
    Obama’s Opportunity in Syria

    Washington should endorse the Russian proposal and invest President Vladimir Putin’s prestige in winning Syria’s assent and full, timely implementation. Such an outcome would be better than military action and better than no action.

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  • Op-Ed Atlantisch Perspectief December 31, 2012
    U.S.-Israel Relations in the Aftermath of the Elections

    With Israeli elections two months away and Obama's second term administration barely beginning to take shape, key factors affecting the bilateral relationship remain highly uncertain.

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  • Op-Ed Haaretz December 22, 2012
    Win-Win Warfare in Gaza

    After the recent fighting in Gaza, both Israel and Hamas can point to military successes and limited losses, which could offer a way to escape the cycle of revenge that would have been triggered by the humiliation or defeat of either side.

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  • Article June 1, 2012
    IAEA Critical for Making Diplomacy with Iran Work

    An IAEA agreement with Iran that permits the agency to do the needed work to open the way for a negotiated roadmap for lifting sanctions could serve as a model for future conflict resolution with other states, first and foremost with North Korea and Syria.

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  • Op-Ed New York Times April 12, 2012
    How to Tell if the Iran Talks Are Working

    Though the participants in the negotiations about Iran's nuclear program foresee several rounds of discussions, all are acutely aware that time to reach agreement peacefully may be running out.

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  • After Fukushima: Early Implications for Nuclear In
    Article March 15, 2011
    After Fukushima: Early Implications for Nuclear Industry and Policy Makers

    Amidst the drama of the worst seismic catastrophe in Japan’s recorded history, the Japanese government and its nuclear industry have been struggling to prevent a power reactor core melt accident similar to that which occurred at Three Mile Island in the United States three decades ago.

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  • It's Not the PR, Stupid
    Op-Ed Haaretz June 8, 2010
    It's Not the PR, Stupid

    It is possible that Israel’s raid on the humanitarian flotilla could have negative consequences for its global standing.

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  • Global Zero: An Israeli Vision of Realistic Ideali
    Op-Ed The Washington Quarterly April 30, 2010
    Global Zero: An Israeli Vision of Realistic Idealism

    While Israel is likely sympathetic to the idea of achieving a world without nuclear weapons, it remains agnostic about the prospects of a nuclear-free world and realistic about the complicated process.

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  • Reflections on Requirements and Contingencies for
    Op-Ed Strategic Insights September 22, 2009
    Reflections on Requirements and Contingencies for a NATO Deterrence or Reassurance Role in the Middle East

    Deterrence challenges in the Middle East may open the door for NATO to play a constructive role in enhancing security and stability in the region.

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