Alaa Tartir is an External Associate at PRIO.

Alaa Tartir

PRIO Global Fellow

Additional positions:

Researcher, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva, Switzerland; Program Advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.

Research Interests

  • Dynamics of Peace and Security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • Security Sector Governance and Reform in the Arab World
  • Authoritarianism, Contentious Politics, and State-Building/Failure in the Middle East
  • Political Economy of Aid, Security, Conflict, and Development in the MENA region
  • Conflicts, Arms, and Armed Groups in the MENA and Sahel-Sahara regions
  • International Relations and Middle East Politics and Societies
  • Palestinian Politics, Economy, Society, and Governance
  • Palestinian-Israeli Conflict


Thursday, 17 Jun 2021

Political Economy of Palestine: Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives, edited by PRIO Global Fellow Alaa Tartir, Tariq Dana, and Timothy Seidel, was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book explores the political economy of Palestine through critical, interdisciplinary, and decolonial perspectives. By doing so, it offers a fresh view into Palestinian political economy. This volume is written as an in-depth introduction for anyone who seeks to understand Palestine today.


Thursday, 20 May 2021

​In a series of brief blog posts, researchers of the PRIO Middle East Centre offer their reflections on the unfolding Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The reflections cover historical and political background as well as current dynamics and future prospects. 

​Dr Alaa Tartir is a Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. Tartir is also a Researcher and Lead Coordinator of the Security Assessment in North Africa and Sahel-Sahara (SANA) project at the Small Arms Survey (SAS). Additionally, Tartir is a Policy and Program Advisor to Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network, and a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA). Amongst other positions, Tartir was a Fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at Utrecht University (NL), a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (ANSO) at IHEID, 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 author of Policing Palestine: Securitising Peace and Criminalising Resistance in the West Bank (Pluto Press, 2021), the editor of Outsourcing Repression: Israeli-Palestinian Security Coordination (AMEC, 2019), and the co-editor of Political Economy of Palestine: Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), and Palestine and Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Tartir's publications can be accessed at

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