Ephraim Asculai

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Ephraim Asculai of the INSS in a photo from the INSS website. Accessed 26 November 2012.

Ephraim Asculai is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies. He has worked extensively in the nuclear industry.[1]


Asculai has a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.[1]

Career History

From the INSS website:

Ephraim Asculai worked at the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC) for over 40 years, mainly on issues of nuclear and environmental safety. In 1986, he went to work at the IAEA in Vienna on issues of radiation protection of the public. During 1990-1991 he was the Scientific Secretary of the International Chernobyl Project.
In 1992, Dr. Asculai returned to Israel and became heavily involved in the deliberations leading to the conclusion of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). In his final period at the IAEC he served as the Director of External Relations. During his sabbatical at the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) in Washington, D.C. he authored Verification Revisited: The Nuclear Case, published by the ISIS Press.
Dr. Asculai retired from the civil service in 2001. In 2002 he joined the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (now incorporated into the Institute for National Security Studies). He has since published several papers dealing with WMD non-proliferation in general, and Middle East issues in particular, including the monograph Rethinking the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime in 2004.[1]

Current Activities

Asculai is currently a Senior Research Fellow at INSS.[1]


A. Books, Memoranda, Chapters in Books, Proceedings etc.

  • Asculai, Ephraim, International Nuclear Nonproliferation Agreements: Current Status and Future Prospects, in Emily B. Landau and Tamar Malz-Ginzburg (eds.) "The Obama Vision and Nuclear Disarmament", INSS Memorandum, no. 107, March 2011.
  • Asculai, Ephraim and Landau, Emily B., Nuclear Developments in Iran in The Middle East Strategic Balance 2007-2008, Mark A. Heller, ed. (Tel Aviv: Institute for National Security Studies, 2008)
  • Asculai, Ephraim, "How Iran Can Attain its Nuclear Capability – and Then Use It", in Israel and a Nuclear Iran: Implications for Arms Control, Deterrence, and Defense, Ephraim Kam, ed. (Memorandum No. 94, Tel Aviv: Institute for National Security Studies, 2008)
  • Asculai, Ephraim, "Time for A New Approach to Verification", INMM 45th Annual Meeting, (July 2004, Orlando, Florida, USA)
  • Asculai, Ephraim, "Rethinking the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime" (JCSS Memorandum No. 70, 2004)
  • Asculai, Ephraim, "The Case of Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction", Chapter 11 in: After the War in Iraq - Defining the New Strategic Balance, Shai Feldman, Ed. (Sussex Academic Press, 2003)
  • Asculai, Ephraim, "What States Should Do and Should Not Do to Staunch Proliferation", in: Conference on Nuclear Proliferation, Athens, May 2003, (Centre for Policy Analysis and Planning, Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2003).
  • Asculai, Ephraim, "Verification Revisited: The Nuclear Case" (ISIS Press, Washington, D.C., 2002);

B. Strategic Assessment Articles

C. Tel-Aviv Notes and INSS Insights



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Ephraim Asculai bio, INSS website.