How Do Leaders Make Decisions?: Evidence from the East and West, Part A Vol: 28, Part A

Alex Mintz
Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel

Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel

Product Details
23 Sep 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
224 pages - 152 x 229mm
Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development
Understanding how leaders make foreign policy and national security decisions is of paramount importance for the policy community and academia. This book explores how leaders such as Trump, Obama, Netanyahu and others make decisions using the Applied Decision Analysis (ADA) method. 

The chapters gathered here analyse the decisions made by key political figures around the world, past and present, in order to shed light on how these decisions are made and what policy implications they have for their own and other nations. Several chapters also focus on military decision making, including around pivotal times in history including the second world war and the evolution of nuclear warfare.
Introduction. How Do Leaders Make Decisions? An Applied Decision Analysis Account; Alex Mintz and Eldad Tal-Shir 
Chapter 1. The Decision Calculus of Donald Trump; Tom Lourie 
Chapter 2. Barack Obama's Foreign Policy Decision Calculus; Ido Davidovich 
Chapter 3. The Decision Calculus of Benjamin Netanyahu; Noa Katzir 
Chapter 4. The Decision Calculus of Winston Churchill; Keren Lvovscky 
Chapter 5. Leaders' Decision Calculi on Nuclear Armament/Disarmament; Yael Frish 
Chapter 6. The Influence of Military Background on Israeli Leaders' National Security Decision-Making; Shahar Robinstain
Alex Mintz (PhD, Northwestern University) is Provost of IDC Herzliya. He served as Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC from 2008-2014 and as Director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) and of the annual Herzliya Conference Series, from 2014-2017. 
Professor Mintz served as the editor-in-chief of the journal Political Psychology (2010-2015) and on the editorial board of the journals American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Foreign Policy Analysis, International Studies Perspective, Open Political Science Journal, Advances in Political Psychology, and Research and Politics. He also served as Associate Editor of the Yale-based Journal of Conflict Resolution (2004-2009) and as editor of the University of Chicago Press book series Leadership and Decision Making in the International Arena
Prof. Mintz is the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the International Studies Association (ISA) for distinguished contributions to the field, and he is the 1993 recipient of the Karl Deutsch Award of the ISA for the most important contribution of any scholar in the world under the age of forty to the scientific study of International Relations. Mintz is the author of the book The Polythink Syndrome: U.S. Foreign Policy Decisions on 9/11, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Iran and ISIS (Stanford University Press, 2016, with C. Wayne), winner of the 2017 Alexander George Best Book Award of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP),  author of Understanding Foreign Policy Decision Making (Cambridge University Press, 2010, with K. DeRouen), and has published 9 other books and edited volumes. He has published in such top journals as the American Political Science Review (1988, 1989, 1990, 1997), the American Journal of Political Science (1988 and 1991), International Studies Quarterly (2011), the American Journal of Sociology (1986), Political Psychology (2009, 2015), and the Journal of Conflict Resolution (1985, 1987, 1993a, 1993b, 1997, 2004a, 2004b, 2006). Mintz served as President of the Foreign Policy Analysis section of the ISA, and together with five Nobel Laureates, served on the board of the Center for Conflict Management and Prevention in Sydney, Australia.  
Dmitry (Dima) Adamsky is an Associate Professor at the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya, and is a Head of the BA Honors Track in Strategy and Decision Making. Prior to joining the school in 2010, he was a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, a visiting fellow at the Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and at the Norwegian Institute for Defense Studies. His research interests include international security, strategic studies, cultural approaches to IR, modern military thought, nuclear strategy, and American, Russian and Israeli national security policy. He has published on these topics in Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Strategic Studies, Intelligence and National Security, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the Journal of Cold War History, and Defense and Security Studies, and has contributed chapters to edited volumes and encyclopedias on modern military and international history. His books Operation Kavkaz (Hebrew) and The Culture of Military Innovation (English/Hebrew) earned the annual  prizes for the best academic works on Israeli security in 2006 and 2012. In addition to his academic career, in his positions in the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the IDF, Dr. Adamsky has carried out intelligence analysis and strategic policy planning. In the latter capacity, he served as assistant secretary of the committee charged with formulating Israel's national security concept.

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