Moncef Kartas

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Moncef Kartas
Research Associate
Contact: Email: moncef.kartas (at)
Phone : +41 (0)22 908 44 69

A CCDP Researcher since 2009, Moncef Kartas is currently on a year-long assignment with the Panel of Experts of the United Nations Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1973 (2011) concerning Libya. He holds a PhD degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a Master's degree in political science, philosophy and international law from the University of Munich.

From December 2012 to August 2016 Moncef also set up and headed the Small Arms Survey's North Africa programme. For the Survey has not only conducted field research and managed the publication of the Security Assessment in North Africa, but also coordinated an Libya-wide survey on security perceptions, victimisation and firearms holdings. As a specialist in security sector governance Moncef provides regular consultancy and training for international organisations, national agencies and civil society organisations on strategic planning and community engagement in policing, border management and countering violent extremism.

Since 2011 Moncef Kartas is conducting field research in North Africa, notably Tunisia and Libya on the security dimension of the political upheavals including on civil-military relations, the possibility of reform of the security institutions, armed violence, non-state armed actors, arms trafficking and insecurity in border region. With CCDP he has amongst others conducted field research in Kigali as part of the joint project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on urban resilience and chronic violence, focusing on the interaction of formal and informal institutions in coping with stress factors. He was also the lead researcher for the Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA) for Madagascar mandated by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Antananarivo.

Moncef Kartas taught Methodologies in Social Sciences at Bethlehem University (2010–14), the University of Pavia (2014) and regularly holds lectures on the political economy of conflict and violence, the link between development and security and on the history and practice of UN peacekeeping and peace-building. From 2007 to 2010 he was associate lecturer at the University of Potsdam. Moncef Kartas has also worked for the Geneva Center on the Democratic Control of Armed Forces and was a researcher for the micro-finance NGO, ENDA inter-arabe, working in the underprivileged neighbourhoods of Tunis. Prior to ENDA Moncef Kartas worked for Transparency International in Berlin and in the private sector as a consultant for German companies in Tunisia.

Moncef Kartas is the co‐editor of the 2013 special issue of the Graduate Institute’s International Development Policy Series on religion and development, published both in French and English
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Field(s)of Interest:
  • Critical theory and field research
  • The role of armed and security forces in post-colonial state formation and politics
  • The link between security and development (peacebuilding and conflict transformation; urbanisation and violence; informal economy, trafficking and borders)
  • The politics and public management challenges of security sector reform and community engagement
  • Political violence, armed groups and violent extremism
  • North Africa and the Sahara-Sahel
  • Rwanda, Madagascar, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.