Dr. Alaa Tartir is a Researcher and Lead Coordinator of the Security Assessment in North Africa and Sahel-Sahara (SANA) project at the Small Arms Survey (SAS), and the Academic Coordinator for the Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices (DPP) for the MENA region at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, Switzerland. Tartir is also a Research Associate at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at IHEID, a Global Fellow at The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), 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 www.alaatartir.com .

Tartir earned his BSc. in Accounting and Finance from Birzeit University (Palestine), MSc. in International Development: Development Finance from the University of Manchester, U.K., and his PhD in International Development Studies from London School of Economics (LSE).

Tartir’s fields of interests include: 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; and Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.

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Academic Publications:

Palestine, In Intelligence Communities and Cultures in Asia and the Middle East: A Comprehensive Reference, Edited by Professor Bob de Graaff, Lynne Rienner Publishers. May 2020.

Outsourcing Repression: Israeli-Palestinian Security Coordination. South Africa: Afro-Middle East Centre, 2019.

Palestine and Rule of Power: Local Dissent vs. International Governance. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

The Limits of Securitized Peace: The EU’s Sponsorship of Palestinian Authoritarianism, Middle East Critique, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1080/19436149.2018.1516337

Palestine, Book Chapter in Ellen Lust’s textbook The Middle East, 14th ed, Co-authored with Prof. Benoit Challand, CQ Press. July 2016.

Forum Introduction: Prospects for Palestinian-Israeli Relations: What Lies Ahead, Co-authored with Bruno Oliveira Martins, Mediterranean Politics, January 2016.

نحو رؤية تنموية فلسطينية، علاء الترتير، مجلة الدراسات الفلسطينية، عدد 105، شتاء 2016

Palestine-Israel: Decolonization Now, Peace Later, Mediterranean Politics, December 2015.

Securitized Development and Palestinian Authoritarianism under Fayyadism, Journal of Conflict, Security and Development, 15:5, 479-502, December 2015.

Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings, Co-authored with Jeremy Wildeman, In The Struggle for Influence in the Middle East: The Arab Uprisings and Foreign Assistance, Edited by Federica Bicchi, Benoit Challand, Steven Heydemann, Routledge, December 2015.

The Evolution and Reform of Palestinian Security Forces 1993-2013Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, September, 2015.

Contentious Economics in Occupied Palestine, Book Chapter in “Contentious Politics in the Middle East”, edited by Prof. Fawaz Gerges, Palgrave Macmillan, September 2015.

Criminalising Resistance, Entrenching Neoliberalism: The Fayyadist Paradigm in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank, PhD Thesis, Department of International Development, LSE, June 2015.

Book Review – Arab Development Denied: Dynamics of Accumulation by Wars of Encroachment, by Ali Kadri, Anthem Press, Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 2, April 2015.

Book Review – The Two-State Solution: The UN Partition Resolution of Mandatory Palestine- Analysis and Sources, Edited By Ruth Gavison, Bloomsbury, e-International Relations, February 2015.

Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings, Co-authored with Jeremy Wildeman, Journal of Mediterranean Politics, 19:3, 431-449, November 2014.

Book Review – The European Union and Occupied Palestinian Territories: State-Building without a State, By Dimitris Bouris, Routledge, Journal of Palestine Studies, vol 43, no.2, April 2014.

Book Review – The Palestinian People: Seeking Sovereignty and State, By Mustafa Kabha, Lynne Rienner Publishers, Arab Studies Quarterly, Vol. 36, No. 2, April 2014.

Book Review – Routledge Handbook on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Edited by Joel Peters & David Newman, Routledge, e-International Relations, October 2013.

التنمية كأداة للمقاومة والتحرر، علاء الترتير وابراهيم الشقاقي، دراسات نقدية في واقع التنمية في فلسطين، مركز بيسان للبحوث والإنماء،2013

Book Review – The Politics of the Palestinian Authority: From Oslo to Al-Aqsa’, By Nigel Parsons, Routledge, e-International Relations, February 2013.

Security in Hybrid Political Contexts: An End-User Approach, Contributing Author, Lead Authors Robin Luckham and Tom Kirk, Justice and Security Research Programme, Department of International Development – LSE, JSRP Paper 2, October 2012.

Book Review – Palestinian Politics and the Middle East Peace Process: Consensus and Competition in the Palestinian Negotiating Team, Ghassan Khatib, Routledge, Journal of Conflict Transformation & Security, 3 (1). pp. 86-88. September 2012.

Book review – The Political Economy of Aid in Palestine: Relief from Conflict or Development Delayed? Sahar Taghdisi-Rad, Routledge, LSE Review of Books, July 2012.

The Role of International Aid in Development: The Case of Palestine 1994-2008, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, December 2011.

Policy Papers:

A Political Economy Analysis of Local Government in Palestine, Contributing Author, Background paper for DANIDA and GIZ, February 2016.

Palestinian Youth Revolt: Any Role for Political Parties? Roundtable, Al-Shabaka, by Jamal Juma’, Jamil Hilal, Nijmeh Ali, Khalil Shaheen, Jaber Suleiman, Mjriam Abu Samra, Belal Shobaki, Alaa Tartir. November 2015.

الشباب الفلسطيني يثور، فهل من دورٍ للأحزاب السياسية؟ جمال جمعة، جميل هلال، نجمة علي، خليل شاهين، جابر سليمان، مريم أبو سمرة، بلال الشوبكي، علاء الترتير، حلقة نقاشية، الشبكة: شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية، تشرين الثاني 2015

After Gaza, What Price Palestine’s Security Sector?, Co-authored with Sabrien Amrov, Al-Shabaka Policy Brief, October 2014.

بعد حرب غزة، أي ثمن لقطاع الأمن في فلسطين؟، صابرين عمرو وعلاء الترتير، ورقة سياساتية، الشبكة: شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية، تشرين الأول 2014

Palestinian Farmers: A Last Stronghold of Resistance, Co-authored with Vivien Sansour, Al-Shabaka Policy Brief, July 2014.

المزارعون الفلسطينيون: معقلٌ أخير للمقاومة، ڤيڤيان صنصور وعلاء الترتير، ورقة سياساتية، الشبكة: شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية، تموز 2014

Oslo: Key Issues, Past Mistakes and Future Prospects, Contributing Author, Perspectives, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, September 2013.

Can Oslo’s Failed Aid Model Be Laid To Rest?Co-authored with Jeremy Wildeman, Al-Shabaka Policy Brief, September 2013.

ألم يحن الوقت بعد لدفن نموذج معونة أوسلو؟، جيريمي وايلدمان وعلاء الترتير، ورقة سياساتية، الشبكة: شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية، أيلول 2013

PA Industrial Zones: Cementing Statehood or Occupation?, Al-Shabaka Commentary, February 2013.

المناطق الصناعية للسلطة الفلسطينية: ترسيخ للدولة أم الاحتلال؟، علاء الترتير، تعقيب، الشبكة: شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية، شباط 2013

Poverty and Environment Assessment in the occupied Palestinian Territories, Assessment Report, United Nations Environment Programme and Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem, February 2013.

The Agro-Industrial Zone in Jericho: Corridor for Peace or Occupation SustainabilityPosition Paper, Bisan Center for Research and Development, Palestine, December 2012.

Persistent Failure: World Bank Policies for the OPT, Co-authored with Jeremy Wildeman, Al-Shabaka Policy Brief, October 2012.

إخفاق مستمر: سياسات البنك الدولي للأراضي الفلسطينية المحتلة، علاء الترتير، جيريمي وايلدمان، ورقة سياساتية، الشبكة: شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية، تشرين الأول 2012

المنطقة الصناعية الزراعية في أريحا: ممر سلام أم إدامة احتلال؟، مركز بيسان للبحوث والإنماء، رام الله- فلسطين، تشرين الأول 2012

Farming Palestine For Freedom, Co-authored with Samer Abdelnour and Rami Zurayk, Al-Shabaka Policy Brief, July 2012.

زراعة فلسطين من أجل الحرية، سامر عبد النور، علاء الترتير، رامي زريق، ورقة سياساتية، الشبكة: شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية، تموز 2012

القطاع الخاص ودوره التنموي في فلسطين المحتلة: “تنمية” في اتجاه واحد؟، مركز بيسان للبحوث والإنماء، رام الله- فلسطين، أيار 2012

Aid and Development in Palestine: Anything, but Linear Relationship. Can Aid Contribute to Development?, Birzeit University Working Paper 2012/4, February 2012.

Defeating Dependency, Creating a Resistance Economy, Co-authored with Samer Abdelnour and Sam Bahour, Al-Shabaka Policy Brief, February 2012.

التغلب على الاتكالية، وبناء اقتصادٍ مقاوم، علاء الترتير، سام بحور، سامر عبد النور، ورقة سياساتية، الشبكة: شبكة السياسات الفلسطينية، شباط 2012

Human Security through Peacekeeping: Prospects and Challenges for Changing the Conflict’s Dynamics, Working Paper, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, Department of International Development, LSE, November 2011.

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: GEM-MENA Regional Report 2009, Co-author, The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), MAS, and IDRC, December 2010.

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor: Palestine Country Report 2009, The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), MAS, and IDRC, January 2010.

Tracking External Donor Funding to Palestinian Non-Governmental Organizations In the West Bank and Gaza 1999-2008, Co-authored with Joseph DeVoir, MAS and NDC, December 2009.

تتبع الدعم الخارجي للمنظمات الفلسطينية غير الحكومية في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة 1998-2008 ، جوزيف ديفوار وعلاء الترتير، معهد ماس ومركز تطوير المؤسسات الأهلية الفلسطينية، كانون الأول 2009

Bridging the Gap Between Research and Policy Making In the Palestinian Territories: A Stakeholders’ Analysis, Co-authored with Joseph DeVoir, MAS, Palestine, December 2009.

Public-Private Partnership at the Municipal Level in Palestine: Current Challenges and Future Prospects, Faculty of Commerce and Economics, Birzeit University, Palestine, December 2009.


Palestine-Israël: La Décolonisation Maintenant, Ensuite la Paix, L’Agence Média Palestine, 23 March 2016.

تبدّلات عقدين: تسليع المقاومة السلمية، ملحق فلسطين- جريدة العربي الجديد، 28 شباط 2016

Palestina 2016: Uno Scenario Ottimistico, Near East News Agency, 25 February 2016.

Palestine 2016: Des Perspectives Optimistes, L’Agence Média Palestine, 22 February 2016.

Palestine 2016: An Optimistic Outlook, The Huffington Post, 14 February 2016.

فلسطين 2016: نظرة متفائلة، ملحق فلسطين- جريدة العربي الجديد، 13 شباط 2016

نحو إعادة بناء الحركة الوطنية: المجتمع قبل السياسة، ملحق فلسطين- جريدة العربي الجديد، 20 كانون الأول 2015

إسرائيل وداعش وهجمات باريس، جريدة العربي الجديد، 15 كانون الأول 2015

La Nouvelle Stratégie Cynique d’Israël, Co-authored with Nadia Hijab, L’Agence Média Palestine, 15 December 2015.

La Rivolta dei Giovani Palestinesi – Ottava Parte. Quale Ruolo per i Partiti Politici?, Near East News Agency, 12 December 2015.

Israel’s Cynical New Strategy, Co-authored with Nadia Hijab, Salon, 7 December 2015.

The Wanted 18 Cows, Economic Resistance, and Israel, The Huffington Post, 2 December 2015.

Can fragility in Countries be Addressed Outside of Politics?,  The World Bank Blog, 25 November 2015.

هل يمكن معالجة هشاشة الدول خارج إطار السياسة؟ مدونة البنك الدولي،25 تشرين الثاني 2015

Israel, ISIS and the Paris Attacks, Open Democracy, 24 November 2015.

Israël, l’Etat islamique et les attentats de Paris, L’Agence Média Palestine, 24 November 2015.

السياسة المُشتَبِكَة والحراك الاجتماعي، – ملحق فلسطين- جريدة العربي الجديد،15 تشرين الثاني 2015

Et Après le Départ d’Abbas?, Co-authored with Nadia Hijab, L’Agence Média Palestine, 7 September 2015.

And When Abbas Goes? Co-authored with Nadia Hijab, Le Monde diplomatique, 4 September 2015.

الحرية ليست بـ”فكرة الدولة”، ملحق فلسطين- جريدة العربي الجديد، 1 أيلول 2015

الفلسطيني المتلقي التائه، جريدة رأي اليوم،25 آب 2015

ما الذي يحتاجه الفلسطينيون اليوم؟، هافينغتون بوست عربي،28 تموز 2015

ستة قرارات فلسطينية لتعديل ميزان القوى المُختَل، شبكة قدس الاخبارية، 18 نيسان 2015

Palestinian Options After the Israeli Election, Open Democracy, 3 April, 2015.

Surviving Without the Palestinian Authority, The Huffington Post, 17 March, 2015.

Subcontracting Repression in the West Bank and Gaza, Co-authored with Sabrien Amrov, The New York Times, 26 November 2014.

Reconstructing Gaza Means Reinventing Aid, Co-authored with Jeremy Wildeman, The Huffington Post, 11 October, 2014.

Almosen anstatt Selbstbestimmung, Palästina-Israel-Zeitung, 6 October 2014.

Le Mouvement Islamique a Fondamentalement Changé, Le Monde, 29 August 2014.

Palestinian Farmers Lose Land for Failed Economic Zones, Co-authored with Vivien Sansour, Al-Jazeera English, 17 August 2014.

Time to ‘Do Business’ With Hamas, The Huffington Post, 8 August, 2014.

Re-Inventing European Aid to Palestine, The European Council on Foreign Relations Blog, 4 June, 2014.

Intra-Palestinian Reconciliation: Time for Accountability, MaanNews Agency English, 25 April, 2014.

Kerry’s Billions: US Economic Plans for Palestine Place Investment Over Freedom, Mondoweiss, 31 January, 2014. Originally published in The Middle East in London Magazine.

أربع قواعد أساسية لمحادثات السلام الفلسطينية-الإسرائيلية، شبكة قدس الاخبارية، 21 آب 2015

Four Rules for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks, The Huffington Post, 19 August, 2013.

Why PA’s New Prime Minister Heads a Papier-Mâché Government, The Electronic Intifada, 19 June, 2013.

نحو أجندة تمويلية بديلة للمساعدات الدولية للفلسطينيين، بالاشتراك مع نادية حجاب وجيريمي وايلدمان،  شبكة الانترنت للاعلام العربي- أمين، 10 كانون الأول 2012

A New Approach to Palestinian Aid, Co-authored with Nadia Hijab and Jeremy Wildeman, Published at Foreign Policy, 6 November 2012.

World Bank Policies Persistently Fail Palestinians, Co-authored with Jeremy Wildeman, MaanNews Agency English, 26 October, 2012.

Fatah and Hamas: An Elusive Reconciliation, Open Democracy, 9 April, 2012.

Seven Reasons for Palestinians in the West Bank to Seek Real Change, Open Democracy, 30 December, 2011.

Prisoners’ of Israeli Airspace, Open Democracy, 12 September, 2011.

Europe, Are You Ready to Stand by Palestine?, MaanNews Agency English, 9 September, 2011.

Peace in the Middle East, Open Democracy, 17 July, 2011.

Why Reconsider Your Report Judge Goldstone?,  Open Democracy, 4 April, 2011.

Will the Palestinians Keep Silent?, MaanNews Agency English, 1 March, 2011.

‘New’ Direct Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations: Doomed, Open Democracy, 30 September, 2010.

Will Turkey Veto Israel’s OECD Membership?, MaanNews Agency English, 8 May, 2010.

A Moderate Israeli Leader Visits the LSE, Open Democracy, 16 March, 2010.


Securitised Peace: Criminalising Resistance and Entrenching Authoritarianism in Palestine, Graduate Institute’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development, Geneva, 8 March 2016.

Débat Avec Médecins Sans Frontières – Les Humanitaires, Complices De L’occupation ?, A debate with Doctors Without Borders on: Humanitarian, Complicit In The Occupation?, Paris, 10 January 2015.

The Netherlands and Palestine: Political Opportunities and Invisible Links, A public lecture at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 14 December 2015.

Palestine, The Netherlands, and The EU Presidency, A guest lecture at Leiden University, The Netherlands, 4 December 2015.

The Wanted 18, Film screening followed by a debate with Amr Shomali, Alaa Tartir and Prof. Riccardo Bocco, 30 November 2015, Geneva.

Fragility in Middle Income Countries: New Ideas for Unique Challenges, WB/IMF Annual Meeting, Lima, Peru, October 8, 2015.

From the River to the Sea: Taking the Pulse of Palestine-Israel 20 years after Oslo, A conference at the LSE’s Middle East Centre, London, 2 September 2015.

The Politics of International Aid and Apartheid, Israeli Apartheid Week 2015, London, U.K.

From Food Security to Food Sovereignty without a State: The Case of Palestine, Co-authored with Caroline Abu Sa’da, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 6-8 November 2014.

الاقتصاد السياسي الفلسطيني تحت الاحتلال: محاور في أزمة مستمرة، المؤتمر السنوي العشرون لمؤسسة مواطن، 27 أيلول /سبتمبر 2014 ، رام الله، فلسطين

The EU As Payer Not Player: Subsidising Occupation?, European Council on Foreign Relations and LSE’s Middle East Centre, London, 29 May 2014.

Unwilling to Change, Determined to Fail: Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings, International Studies Association Annual Convention, 26-29 March 2014, Toronto, Canada

Failing Aid: Towards a Viable Resistance Economy Model, New Directions in Palestinian Studies Symposium, Watson Institute, Brown University, 1st of March 2014.

حلقة نقاشية: الحراك الشبابي لدعم القضية الفلسطينية، المؤتمر السنوي الثاني لمراكز الأبحاث العربية: قضية فلسطين ومستقبل المشروع الوطني -الفلسطيني، المركز العربيّ للأبحاث ودراسة السّياسات، 7-9 ديسمبر 2013، الدوحة، قطر.

Wanted Alternative: Challenging Oslo Economic Neo-liberalism and Advancing Resistance Economy, MESA 47th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 13 October 2013.

Wanted Alternative: Challenging Oslo Economic Neo-liberalism and Advancing Resistance Economy, LSE Middle East Centre PhD Conference 2013, London, 30 September 2013.

Donor Aid in Occupied Palestine in the aftermath of the Arab Uprisings, Co-authored with Jeremy Wildeman, New York University- Florence, June 2013.

Palestine and the Arab Intifadas: Reflections, Consequences and Opportunities, The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Convention, April, Chicago 2013.

Neo-Liberalism for Development and Weberian State-Building in Palestine: Fayyadism, Aid Dependency and Disarmament, The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Convention, April, Chicago 2013.

Understanding The Fayyadism Paradigm: The ‘New’ West Bank After 2006, International Studies Association Annual Convention, 3-6 April 2013, San Francisco, California.

The Youth’s Social and Economic Condition and the Revolutions, World Social Forum, Tunis, March 2013.

Palestine at a Crossroads: Old Occupation, New Middle East- Fayyadism and the Palestinian Spring, Palestine Day, Exeter University, U.K, February 23, 2013.

Cheap Occupation, Wasted Money, Political Guilt and Wrong Policies, A guest lecture delivered at Al-Quds Bard College, Al-Quds University, Occupied Palestine, 10th of December 2012.

The Impact of the International Aid and Policy Prescriptions on the Palestinian Steadfastness and Development, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil, December 2012.

Impact of the Israeli Occupation and Apartheid on the Socio-Economic Conditions of the Palestinian Youth, World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil, December 2012.

The Intertwined Relation between Gaza’s Tunnels and the Israeli Siege, The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS) at Birzeit University, September 25, 2012.

Advanced Course On Conflict, Crisis And Transitions, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and York University’s Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit, 18-25 July 2012.

Palestine and the Arab Intifadas: Reflections, Consequences and Opportunities, BRISMES Graduate Section Annual Conference 2012, 11 June 2012, LSE.

Good Governance’ for State-Building in the West Bank, Palestine: Fayyadism, Hybridity and Sovereignty, Post-Graduate Conference, University of Westminster, London, U.K, 27 April 2012.

Neo-liberalism for Development and Statehood in Palestine: Fayyadism, Aid Dependency and State Building, BRISMES Annual Conference 2012, 26-28 March 2012, LSE.

Can Aid Contribute to Development?, The Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (IALIIS) at Birzeit University, February 28, 2012.

New Approaches to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, Department of International Development, LSE, London, 3 -4 November 2011.

Neo-liberalism for Development and Statehood in Palestine: Fayyadism, Aid Dependency and State Building, LSE Middle East Centre PhD Students Conference, London, 15 September 2011.

The Politics of Knowledge Production and Circulation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester, 25-26 November 2010.

Investing in Human Security for a Future Palestinian State: In Larger Freedom and Participatory State Building, EADI Summer School 2010 Security and the State Today, Institute of Development Studies and Sussex University, 10-11 June 2010.