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Jonathan Shimshoni
Jonathan (Yoni)
Research Affiliate, MIT Security Studies Program

Jonathan (Yoni) Shimshoni served for 25 years with the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), in both field command and staff positions, culminating his career as Director of Planning for the Planning Division with the rank of Brigadier General. He received his PhD in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, with a specialty in security policy. Yoni has taught at Princeton and has pursued research on strategic issues at MIT and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington; he has published within the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs and in International Security on conventional deterrence, technology and doctrinal innovation, as well as in Survival and in the leading Israeli daily Haaretz. Yoni has served on several committees of the Israeli National Security Council and in the IDF reserves worked extensively on challenging security issues related to economics, technology, strategy and doctrine. In recent years his work has focused on society-centric warfare and its implications for strategy. In addition to these security and policy related endeavors, Yoni was Managing Partner of PWC Consulting in Israel and led the establishment and management of a start-up company. In 2019-20 he was a Visiting Scholar at SSP, engaged in exploration of the American Civil War as a society-centric conflict.