Israeli arms-control expert Emily Landau dies at age 59

January 8, 2020 by  
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Top Israeli arms-control expert Emily Landau died after a long illness on Monday at the age of 59, announced the Tel Aviv-based Institute for National Security Studies think tank, where she was a senior research fellow and the head of its Arms Control and Regional Security Program.

Emily B. Landau, Senior Research Fellow, head of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program. Credit: INSS.

“The director and staff of INSS are deeply grieved over the loss of their colleague and express their condolences to Emily’s family. She will be sorely missed,” said INSS in a statement.

Landau, who was born in Boston and moved with her family to Israel at the age of 14, was known for her expertise on nuclear-arms matters, including the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which she was critical of, wanting it to be fixed as opposed to being nixed. She supported the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran since withdrawing from the agreement in May 2018, reimposing sanctions lifted under it, along with enacting new financial penalties against the regime.

In 2015, Forbes chose Landau as one of Israel’s 50 most influential women.

She was a popular commentator in the media and a regular speaker at Jewish events, including the annual AIPAC Policy Conference.

Condolences poured in following her death.

Former Labor MP Michael Danby said: “Australian policymakers will be shocked to learn of the untimely death last night of DrEmily Landau a leading Israeli arms control and Iran research scholar at the prestigious INSS think tank.

I came across Emily landau when I was Chair of Parkin Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs.”
Michael Danby said recounting was one of these rare scholars whose total command of the facts, indeed micro knowledge of issues, like Iran “did not prevent her succinct and accessible explanations of complex issues such as Tehran’s bid for the atom bomb”
Landau’s last academic appearance in early December was at the now annual Beersheba strategic dialogue jointly organised by Canberra’s Australian Strategic Policy Institute and Israel’s Begin/Sadat Centre.
 “Her untimely death at 60 robs the international community & commentary of one of its shining stars”, Michael Danby lamented.
“Her memory is a blessing “

“Very sad news. Emily Landau was a good friend and colleague. She was a leading figure and a highly respected researcher in the arms control and nonproliferation community,” tweeted NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Defense Investment Camille Grand.

“Dr. Emily Landau from @INSSIsrael was my colleague and friend. She was an intelligent, well-informed and careful researcher and analyst in the areas of arms control and nuclear proliferation. I send my deepest condolences to her family—we will all miss her,” tweeted NGO Monitor founder Gerald Steinberg.

“So saddened to hear about Emily Landau’s death. She was a great scholar and her critical voice, specifically on the Iranian nuclear program, will be deeply missed. My sincere sympathies to her family, friends and colleagues at @INSSIsrael. May her memory be for a blessing,” tweeted Daniel Schwammenthal, the director of the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute.

Landau is survived by her husband, Giora Landau, and two children.

Dr Landau was buried Tuesday morning (Israel time) in Raanana.



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