In his latest book, 'Periphery: Israel’s Search for Middle East Allies', Yossi Alpher will be discussing Israel’s strategic position in a changing unstable region, exploring the Jewish State’s search for allies and the outlining of a grand strategy for managing its security posture.
Alpher’s presentation as a former Mossad man, who was involved in some of the activities of Israel’s most secret organisation includes an in depth account of his time in the Mossad, recollecting events such as the decision among Mossad chiefs whether to assassinate Iran’s Supreme Leader Imam Ruhollah Khomeini, and Israel’s connections to the Kurdish Peshmerga. In a highly personal but strategic account, Alpher draws upon historical iterations of Israeli security doctrine to seek answers to the questions Israel now faces in an unstable region, replete with conflict and uncertainty. In addition to a macro-strategic outlook, Alpher's book also seeks to offer creative ideas to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his contributions have penetrated the Israeli political arena, and have influenced those decision makers who have continuously searched for solutions to the troubles over the last 25 years.
Yossi Alpher was an officer in Israeli military intelligence, followed by twelve years of service in the Mossad. Until 1995, he was director of the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University. In July 2000, he served as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel during the Camp David talks. From 2001 to 2012 he was coeditor of the bitterlemons.net family of internet publications.