Benedetta Berti

A native of Italy, Benedetta Berti is currently a Kreitman post-doctoral fellow at Ben Gurion University, a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) and a TED 2015 fellow. She has lectured at Ben Gurion and Tel Aviv University.

In the past, Dr. Berti worked in NGOs and research institutes in Latin America, the Middle East, and the US, focusing on human rights, internal conflict, and political violence.

Dr. Berti’s areas of expertise include human security, internal conflict, integration of armed groups (political negotiations; security sector reform; disarmament demobilization reintegration), post-conflict stabilization and peace-building, as well as democratization, civil society, social movements and strategic nonviolence. Her current research is related to political violence and conflict in the Middle East, non-state armed groups, as well as well as Palestinian, Lebanese, and Syrian politics.

In the past years, Dr. Berti has researched and published extensively on crucial security issues like political participation of armed groups, human rights, and Middle Eastern politics. Her work has appeared, among others, on Al-Arabiya, the Daily Beast, the Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the National Interest, and Open Democracy as well as in academic journals like Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, the Middle East Journal, ORBIS and Mediterranean Politics.

Recently, Dr. Berti also authored the book Armed Political Organizations. From Conflict to Integration (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Dr. Berti is a frequent news commentator on international security, Middle Eastern politics, and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Her comments and interviews have been featured in a number of prominent news outlets, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg, Reuters and al-Jazeera. She is also a frequent guest lecturer and public speaker.

In addition, Dr. Berti works as a human security and foreign policy consultant for both political risk consulting firms, NGOS, international organizations as well as governments.

She is a Member of the UN Alliance of Civilizations "Global Experts" program, the Young Atlanticist group of the Atlantic Council, the Körber Foundation’s Munich Young Leader group, and the ME 2.0 Israeli-Palestinian Young Business Leaders Forum.

  • Work
    • INSS, Ben Gurion University
  • Education
    • MA and PhD, The Fletcher School (Tufts University)