Alaa Tartir

Alaa Tartir

PRIO Global Fellow

Interests and experience

  • 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

Dr Alaa Tartir is a Senior Researcher and coordinator of the Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project at the Small Arms Survey in Geneva, as well as being a Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), also in Geneva. 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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