The Asia Policy Program (APP)

Informing and Empowering Israel’s Asia Strategy


The APP strives to provide Israel with rigorous, innovative, evidence-based solutions for managing the risks and capitalizing on the opportunities of the Asian Century. 


Asia’s rise is redefining global trade flows and transforming the international order. The world’s fastest growing region, Asia will account for 40 percent of world GDP by 2030. China’s rise is transforming the international system and reshaping power relationships around the globe. 

We are living an age of uncertainty where everything around us is in a state of flux. In Israel's neighborhood, Middle East countries are pivoting to the East seeking investment and trade. Leading Asian countries are spearheading the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

These paradigmatic shifts are raising fundamental questions and placing Israel in an unfamiliar position. Israel must leverage Asia’s growing engagement to strengthen its own international standing and advance its regional and global interests.

Acknowledging the vital need for comprehensive, long-term planning vis-à-vis Asia, the Asia Policy Program is stepping forward.  APP works to analyze the tactical and strategic implications of Asia’s rise, to equip Israeli diplomacy to tackle cutting-edge challenges, and to develop new ideas and areas for cooperation with Asia. 

The program is advancing a number of initiatives to

•Inform and educate Israeli government and business leaders on Asian issues

•Engage key Asian partners to strengthen their relationship with Israel

•Empower Israel’s policymaking by exploring new approaches and assessing the implications of Asia-related policy.

By pursuing these goals, the APP will help enhance the performance and impact of Israeli diplomacy, innovation and enterprise in Asia and the global stage.


Program Head, Dr. Gedaliah Afterman

Dr. Gedaliah Afterman heads the Asia Policy Program and the Abba Eban Institute of International Diplomacy.  He had previously served as an International Strategic Policy Specialist at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) where he focused on Asian regional security and cooperation and as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Beijing where he worked on issues related to China’s foreign policy, major power relations and the Middle East. He was later appointed as a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Peace Research (PRIO) in Oslo, and led the China program at the Jewish People Policy Institute in Jerusalem. Gedaliah also serves as a lecturer at the Lauder School of Government and Diplomacy at the IDC. Gedaliah holds a BA in Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD from The University of Melbourne.