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Tamir Libel

Tamir Libel

Investigador Beatriu de Pinós

Non-Resident Fellow

Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin


Dr. Tamir Libel is a Beatriu de Pinós Research Fellow (A Marie Curie COFUND programme) at the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Centre for War Studies, University College Dublin (UCD). He was formerly a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRE) at UCD, and a visiting scholar at both the Department of Political Science at the University of Trier and the Department of History at the University of Marburg in Germany.

He received his PhD in Political Science from Bar Ilan University, Israel. He specialises in international relations, European studies and security studies with a geographical focus on Europe, North America and the wider Middle East. His articles on these topics were published in peer-reviewed journals such as RUSI Journal, Defense & Security Analysis, Journal of Intelligence History and Defence Studies. He is also the co-editor of Between the Yarmulke and Beret: Religion, Politics and the Military in Israel (2012, in Hebrew), and his book European Military Culture and Security Governance: Soldiers, Scholars and National Defence Universities was published by Routledge in March 2016. 

Dr. Libel has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political science, international relations and security studies at universities in Ireland, the US, Germany and Israel. Despite having been trained during his PhD studies as a qualitative scholar, he has shifted to mixed methods and computational social science methods. With regard to professional service, he is a reviewer for the Defense & Security Analysis, Armed Forces & Society, Mediterranean Politics and The Middle East Journal, and a referee for the Israel Science Foundation. He has played a key role in the establishment of the Association of Civil-Military Studies in Israel, and later served as its secretary and a member of its board. Dr. Libel has recently completed a three year tenure as the Chairman of the Junior Scholars Committee of the International Studies.

Formación académica

  • (2010) PhD, Department of Political Studies. Training and Education of the Combat Professional Officer Corps in the West during the Post-Modern Era, Bar Ilan University.
  • (2005) MA, Department of Political Studies.
  • The Training of Combat Junior Line Officers in the IDF: Origins, Trends and Implications, 1973- 1999. Bar Ilan University.
  • (2003) BA Department of General History, Tel Aviv University


2015Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca  (Grant number: 2014 BP_B 00147 (AGAUR))

2011FP7, Marie Curie Programme (Grant number: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-IEF-275456)

2010Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Grant number: A/09/98546)

Afiliaciones profesionales

  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Association for Israel Studies (AIS)
  • European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS)


Publicaciones más destacadas

  • Boulter, Emily; Libel, Tamir.2017Identifying the WolvesEuropean Jewish Press,Enlace
  • Libel, Tamir2016European Military Culture and Security Governance: Soldiers, Scholars and National Defence Universities.RoutledgeEnlace
  • Libel, Tamir.2016Explaining the security paradigm shift: strategic culture, epistemic communities, and Israel’s changing national security policyDefence Studies,16(2):137-156Enlace
  • Gal, R; Libel, Tamir.2015Between military–society and religion–military relations: different aspects of the growing religiosity in the Israeli defense forcesDefense & Security Analysis,31(3):213-227Enlace
  • Libel, Tamir.2015Looking for meaning: lessons from Mossad’s failed adaptation to the post-Cold War era, 1991–2013Journal of Intelligence History,14(2):83-95Enlace
  • Boulter, E; Libel, Tamir.2015Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the Israel Defense Forces: A Precursor to a Military Robotic Revolution?The RUSI Journal,160(2):68-75Enlace
  • Libel, Tamir.2013From the people's army to the Jewish people's army: the IDF's force structure between professionalization and militarizationDefense & Security Analysis,29(4):280-292Enlace
  • Libel, Tamir.2013Hostage of foreign interests: German intelligence involvement in Arab-Israeli hostage deals, 1980–2010Journal of Intelligence History,12(2):177-189Enlace
  • Hayward, J; Libel, Tamir.2010Adding Brain to Brawn: The School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and Its Impact on Air Power ThinkingAir Power Review,13(2):69-80