Prof. Eyal Ben-Ari

Prof Eyal Ben-Ari completed his PhD in Cambridge University and was professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in East Asian security, the IDF, the Japan Self-Defense Forces, and issues related to the armed forces of the democracies (conscription and reserves systems, managing diversity, and social and organizational transformations). He has published over twenty-five books (authored and edited) mostly about the armed forces but also about early childhood education, local communities in Japan, and popular culture in East Asia. Ben-Ari served as Director of the Harry S Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace (at the Hebrew University and Chair of the Israel Anthropological Association, as well as in select IDF committees and as consultant for the IDF’s Behavioral Science Center.


An anthropologist and sociologist who has carried out research on the armed forces of Israel, Japan, and Taiwan.