Yaacov Vertzberger

Prof. (Emeritus) Yaacov Vertzberger

Professor Emeritus, Department of International Relations
yaacov vertzberger



PhD (1979) - Hebrew University



CV and Academic Milestones

Yaacov Vertzberger received his Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude from the Hebrew University in 1979 and joined the department of International Relations, where he is currently a full professor.  
Professor Vertzberger was a senior researcher and visiting professor at several major universities and research institutes in Europe, North America and Japan, including: Stanford University, McGill University, UC Berkley, UC San Diego, The Mershon Center (Ohio State University) group on the role of cognition in collective decision making, The East-West Center, The Rockefeller Bellagio Center, NIAS, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs and the UN University (Tokyo).  
Professor Vertzberger has served as reviewer for leading academic and commercial presses and journals and is on the editorial board of Political Psychology. He is also regularly voted by students as outstanding teacher and served on many committees of the University and international professional associations.


Research Interests and Projects

Professor Vertzberger's areas of interest and research include the theory of international relations, international political economy, political psychology, and the foreign and security policies of South and Southeast Asian countries. He has published extensively on these issues.  His articles appeared in major journals and his books were published by leading university and commercial presses.

Currently, he is working on a study analyzing the long-term international and domestic implications of strategic policy reform with an emphasis on national industrial policies in a comparative perspective.




 Among his major publications are the following books and monographs:

  • Risk Taking and Decisionmaking: Foreign Military Intervention Decisions, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1998.
  • The World in their Minds: Information Processing, Cognition and Perception in Foreign Policy Decisionmaking, Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1990. 
  • China's Southwestern Strategy: Encirclement and Counterencirclement, New York: Praeger Publishers, 1985.
  • Misperceptions in Foreign Policymaking: The Sino-Indian Conflict, 1959-1962, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1984.
  • Coastal States, Regional Powers, Superpowers and the Malacca-Singapore Straits, Berkeley: University of California, Institute of East Asian Studies, 1984.
  • The Enduring Entente: Sino-Pakistani Relations 1960-1980, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., New York: Praeger Publishers, 1983.


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