Dr. Bar is also Senior Research Fellow at the Shmuel Neaman Institute at the Technion, Haifa from 2003 until 2013 Dr. Shmuel Bar served as Director of Studies at the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Herzliya, Israel and of the annual "Herzliya Conference".
Shmuel Bar is also a Senior Research Fellow at International Institute for Non-Proliferation Studies, an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute and has been (2007) Distinguished Koret Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Dr. Bar served for thirty years in various positions in the Israeli Office of the Prime Minister, Israel. Since the mid 1980’s he specialized in the ideology and operational codes of Islamic fundamentalist movements and particularly of the Jihadi movement that later evolved into al-Qaeda. Between 1998-2002 Dr. Bar served as First Secretary at the Israeli Embassy in The Hague, Netherlands and in that capacity liaised with government agencies in the UK.
Since 2002, Dr. Bar has headed research projects – some of them for US government agencies - and published extensively on issues relating to the Middle East, including deterrence theory in the context of the Middle East, radical Islamic ideology, Iranian defense doctrine, leadership and negotiation behavior, Syrian leadership and the Ba’ath party, Jordan and the Palestinians. He holds a Ph.D. in History of the Middle East from Tel-Aviv University.