IDF BG (ret.) Ram Yavne

General Ram Yavne served in the IDF for 32 years. He served as the Head of the Strategic Division in the Planning Directorate of the IDF General Staff (J5) from 2015-2018. In this role, he was responsible for the IDF’s strategic planning and policy formulation, military diplomacy and international cooperation. He previously also served as the head of the Regional Strategy Department, the senior intelligence officer in the IDF’s Northern Command, and in other key intelligence positions.

In his last assignments, General Yavne dealt with politico-military issues concerning the different Middle East arenas inside the IDF, and participated in discussions with regional and international players, at the military, intelligence communities, foreign affairs, and NSC levels.

Brigadier General Yavne holds a Master’s degree in Political Science and Bachelor’s degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and History from Haifa University, and he is a graduate of both the IDF Staff & Command College and the Israel National Defense College. He also received training under the auspices of the US Defense Intelligence Agency.