Joseph Draznin, Ph.D.
Dr. Yossi Draznin is the Director General of the Israeli Ministry for Regional Cooperation. In this capacity, he oversees the Ministry’s efforts to increase economic regional cooperation between Israel and its neighbors, with a focus on Jordan, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority, in partnership with the international community. Dr. Draznin has had a long and distinguished career both inside and outside of government. Prior to his appointment as Director General, he was a senior advisor to Minister Tzachi Hanegbi. Dr. Draznin previously served as Assistant Deputy Director General for Foreign Affairs and Arms Control at the Ministry of Defense where his focus was the U.S.-Israel strategic and defense dialogue. He has served two five year stints at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C., first in the office of the Assistant Defense Attache and then as Minister-Counselor. His responsibilities in Washington included U.S.-Israel intelligence and defense cooperation, homeland security and national security. During his time in the private sector, Dr. Draznin focused on international strategic business development for the commercial agriculture, defense and security industries with an emphasis on the United States, Indian and Israeli markets. He also spent two years at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, where he taught classes on United States counterterrorism and homeland security policy. Dr. Draznin received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Haifa University, a Master’s Degree in mass communication from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Maryland. His doctoral dissertation is entitled « News Coverage of Terrorism: The Media Perspective. » Dr. Draznin was born in Kibbutz Meflasim, Israel. He is married to Anat and has two children.