Three things could help to build an inclusive and participatory political system, which could empower Palestinians in their journey towards self-determination, statehood and meaningful democracy. Firstly, the one-man leadership model should be replaced with a collective form of leadership. The … Continue reading Why Palestinians Must Rethink their Governance
Since the Oslo Accords came into force in 1993, the European Union (EU) and its individual member-states have invested billions of Euros, with a view to establishing the basis for an independent and sovereign Palestinian state. As Israel’s colonization of … Continue reading The Limits of Securitized Peace: The EU’s Sponsorship of Palestinian Authoritarianism
On 11 October 2017, I spoke at the Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) to examine the role and consequences of EU police mission in Palestine. Click here to view my 15 minutes presentation (it begins at 2:38:43/-2:54:17). Or here, minute 51.30 until … Continue reading Belgrade Security Forum – The EU Police Mission in the OPT
As Israel’s military occupation reaches its 50th year, Al-Shabaka Program Director Alaa Tartir argues that the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces have not protected Palestinians, but have instead contributed to the criminalization of the Palestinian struggle for freedom. Tartir analyzes … Continue reading The Palestinian Authority Security Forces: Whose Security?
This talk tackles the consequences of the PA’s security campaigns in both camps from the people’s perspective through a bottom-up ethnographic methodological approach based on sixty in-depth interviews. This talk will conclude by arguing that conducting security reform within a context … Continue reading Securitised Peace: Criminalising Resistance and Entrenching Authoritarianism in Palestine
This article analyses perceptions of the Palestinian Authority’s post-2007 state-building project—popularly known as ‘Fayyadism’—by assessing academic and practitioner literatures on the topic, and by drawing on the ﬁndings of ethnographic ﬁeldwork conducted at two sites in the West Bank: Balata … Continue reading Securitised development and Palestinian authoritarianism under Fayyadism
This article provides a contextual analysis of the evolution and reform processes of Palestinian security forces over the last two decades. It categorises the evolution of security reform processes into three phases: the Oslo Accords phase; the Second Intifada phase; … Continue reading The Evolution and Reform of Palestinian Security Forces 1993-2013
To what end do the international donors continue to subsidize an agency that helps to perpetuate the Israeli occupation, fails to meet the needs of Palestinian civilians and violates the very human rights norms they claim to uphold? Co-authored with Sabrien Amrov, … Continue reading Subcontracting Repression in the West Bank and Gaza
The Palestinian Authority’s security sector has grown faster than any other part of the government, potentially putting Palestine on track to a police state. With the unity government moving into Gaza after Israel’s terrible 51-day assault, Al-Shabaka Policy Member Sabrien … Continue reading After Gaza, What Price Palestine’s Security Sector?