Alaa Tartir

PRIO Global Fellow

Alaa Tartir is an External Associate at PRIO.

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


​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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All Publications

MidEast Policy Brief

Tartir, Alaa & Yara Hawari (2020) Palestine and COVID-19: Global Standards, Local Constraints, MidEast Policy Brief, 7. Oslo: PRIO.

Book Chapter

Wildeman, Jeremy & Alaa Tartir (2021) Political Economy of Foreign Aid in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: A Conceptual Framing, in Alaa Tartir, ed., Political Economy of Palestine: Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan (223–247).

Edited Volume

Tartir, Alaa (ed.) (2021) Political Economy of Palestine: Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Middle East Today.

Popular Article

Tartir, Alaa (2021) اتفاقات أبراهام وتشويه معنى السلام [Abraham Accords and the Distortion of Peace], Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Newspaper, 22 October.
Tartir, Alaa (2021) Political Economy Of Development In Palestine: A Critical Perspective, Progress in Political Economy, 27 July.
Tartir, Alaa (2021) Nizar Banat killing: The world must stop enabling PA crimes, Middle East Eye, 25 June.
Tartir, Alaa (2021) الرعاية الأوروبية للسلطوية والاستعمار في فلسطين [European Sponsorship of Colonialism and Authoritarianism in Palestine], Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Newspaper, 19 June.
Tartir, Alaa (2021) صحوة شعبية فلسطينية وكبوة أممية [Palestinian Awakening, International Downfall], Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Newspaper, 14 June.
Tartir, Alaa (2021) Palestine-Israel: A Reality Check, Institut Montaigne, 4 June.
Tartir, Alaa (2021) A new approach to elections in Palestine, Al-Jazzera, 1 May.
Tartir, Alaa (2021) Jerusalem protests: Palestine's new generation rises up, Middle East Eye, 28 April.
Tartir, Alaa (2021) Will Upcoming Elections Bring Any Change to the Palestinian People?, Institut Montaigne, 3 February.
Tartir, Alaa (2020) Biden’s Impending Billions to Palestine, LSE Middle East Centre Blog, 15 December.
Tartir, Alaa (2020) ُفق السلام الفلسطيني الإسرائيلي في عهد بايدن [Biden and the Prospects for Peace in Palestine-Israel], Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, 15 December.
Tartir, Alaa & Jeremy Wildeman (2020) Peace in Palestine cannot be achieved amid unlawful demolitions, Al-Jazeera, 20 November.
Wildeman, Jeremy & Alaa Tartir (2020) مكمنُ السلام في الكفِّ عن تشريد الفلسطينيين [Unlawful Demolitions Can’t Lead to Peace], Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, 11 November.
Tartir, Alaa & Jeremy Wildeman (2020) برامج المعونة الدولية لفلسطين بعد كوفيد–19, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, 4 November.
Tartir, Alaa & Jeremy Wildeman (2020) It's time to rethink the structure of Palestinian aid, Middle East Eye, 31 October.
Tartir, Alaa (2020) اتفاقات أبراهام وتشويه معنى السلام [Abraham Accords and the Distortion of Peace], Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, 22 October.
Tartir, Alaa (2020) Discord Around the Abraham Accords: Three questions to Dr. Alaa Tartir, Institut Montaigne, 14 October.
Tartir, Alaa (2020) Covid-19 has become the last injustice made to Palestine, Geneva Solutions, 8 September.
Fatafta, Marwa & Alaa Tartir (2020) الفلسطينيون وآفاق استعادة منظمة التحرير [The Prospects of Reclaiming the PLO], Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, 7 September.
Fatafta, Marwa & Alaa Tartir (2020) Why Palestinians Need to Reclaim the PLO, Foreign Policy, 20 August.
Tartir, Alaa (2020) كوفيد - 19 واللامساواة في فلسطين [COVID-19 and Inequality in Palestine], Al-Araby Al-Jadeed Newspaper, 30 July.

Report - External Series

Ali, Nijmeh; Marwa Fatafta; Dana El Kurd; Fadi Quran; Belal Shobaki; Alaa Tartir; Marwa Fatafta; & Alaa Tartir, eds, (2020) Reclaiming The PLO, Re-Engaging Youth, Al-Shabaka Policy Circle Report. California: Al-Shabaka: the Palestinian Policy Network.