Alaa Tartir

Alaa Tartir
Research associate

Email: alaa.tartir (at)


Alaa Tartiris a research associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), anda visiting fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (ANSO), at the Graduate Institute ofInternational and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. Tartir is also a researcher at the Graduate Institute’s Small Arms Survey (SAS) and the coordinator of the SAS’s Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project. He is also a policy and program advisor at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and a visiting professor at Paris School of InternationalAffairs (PSIA), Sciences Po.  Amongst other positions, Tartir was a post-doctoral fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), a visiting scholar and lecturer at Utrecht University, and a researcher in international development studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he earned his PhD. Tartir is the co-editor of Palestine and Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), and the author of Policing Palestine: Securitising Peace and Criminalising Resistance in the West Bank (Pluto Press, 2019).

Tartir can be followed on Twitter @alaatartir and his publications can be accessed 


Field(s) of Interest
  • Political Economy of Development and International Aid
  • State-Building and Governance in Conflict-Affected Areas
  • Security Sector Reform and Securitised Development
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Political Economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Palestinian Politics
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict
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Selected Publications:



  • (2018) “The Limits of Securitized Peace: The EU’s Sponsorship of Palestinian Authoritarianism” was just published at the Journal of Middle East Critique
  • (2018) ‘Farming for Freedom: The Shackled Palestinian Agricultural Sector’, In Crisis and Conflict in the Agriculture, Zurayk, R. Woertz, E. and Bahn, R. (eds.), The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International, October 2018
  • (with George Bisharat, Jeff Handmaker and Ghada Karmi). (2018) Mobilizing International Law in the Palestinian Struggle for Justice, Global Jurist, Volume 18, Issue 3, 20180034, ISSN (Online) 1934-2640, DOI:
  • (with Filip Ejdus). (2017). ‘Effective? Locally Owned? Beyond the Technocratic Perspective on the European Union Police Mission for the Palestinian Territories’. Contemporary Security Policy.
  • (2016). 'Securitised development and Palestinian authoritarianism under Fayyadism'. Conflict, Security & Development, 15 (5), 479-502.
  • (With Jeremy Wildman). (2016). 'Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the Aftermath of the Arab Springs'. In Federica Bicchi, Benoit Challand, and Steven Heydemann (eds). (2016). The Struggle for Influence in the Middle East. London: Routage.
  • (with Bruno Oliveira Martinsb). (2016). 'Forum Introduction: Prospects for Palestinian-Israeli Relations: What Lies Ahead'. Miditerranean Politics (in-printing).
  • (2016). Palestine-Israel: Decolonization Now, Peace Later. Miditerranean Politics (in-printing).
  • Palestinian Youth Revolt: Any Role for Political Parties?. Al Shabaka Roundtable with Jamal Juma', Jamil Hilal, Nijmeh Ali, Khalil Shaheen, Jaber Suleiman, Mjriam Abu Samra, and Belal Shobaki, 23 November 2015.
  • Israel, ISIS and the Paris attacks. openDemocracy, 24 November 2015.
  • (2015). 'Towards Confrontational Development Vision for Palestine'. Journal of Palestinian Politics, 105, 61-69. (In Arabic).
  • (2015). 'Contentious Economics in Occupied Palestine'. In Fawaz Gerges (ed.). (2015). Contentious Politics in the Middle East. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (with Jeremy Wildeman). (2014). 'Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings'. Mediterranean Politics, 19(3), 431-449.
  • (with Sabrien Amrov). (2014). 'After Gaza, What Price Palestine’s Security Sector?'. Al-Shabak Policy Brief, October 8, 2014.