Alaa Tartir

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Alaa Tartir
Research associate

Email: alaa.tartir (at)


Alaa Tartir is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Graduate Institute's Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), and an affiliate with the Graduate Institute's Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development. Since 2012, Tartir is the Program Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and a member of the Palestinian Strategic Thinking Group.

Amongst other positions, Tartir has previously been a researcher in International Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Guest Teacher at the LSE's Department of Internaitonal History teaching the Arab-Israeli Conflict. He also served as a Senior Research Associate and Fellow at Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) and Bisan Center for Research and Development. Additionally, he served as a researcher and project coordinator at the LSE's Justice and Security Reseach Programme, and the LSE's Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.

Tartir is a recipient of a number of awards and fellowships as the post-doctorate Swiss Government Academic Excellence Scholarship, the LSE’s Scholarship for Global Politics, The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) Research Fellowship, and The LSE Middle East Center’s Emirates PhD Award. Tartir presented his work and organized panels in top international, regional, and local academic conferences. He also writes op-eds and opinion pieces regularly appearedat the New York Times, Le Monde, Foreign Policy, Al-Jazeera, Huffington Post, OpenDemocracy and many others. His publications appeared in Arabic, English, French,German, Italian, and other languages.

Tartir earned his MSc. in International Development: Development Finance from the University of Manchester, U.K., and his PhD in International Development Studies from LSE.

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:
  • (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.