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The Bologna Institute for Policy Research | Scholar Profile | Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Raffaella A. Del Sarto
Associate Professor of Middle East Studies


Geographic Areas
Middle East
Northern Africa

Arab-Israeli Relations
Conflict Resolution
Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
International Relations
Political Violence


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Background and Education
Raffaella Del Sarto is Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Europe (SAIS Europe); Part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute. Formerly Director of the BORDERLANDS research project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and hosted at the European University Institute (2011-2017); Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies at the Middle East Centre of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford (2007-2011); Marie Curie Fellow (2005-2007) and Jean Monnet Fellow (2004-2005) at the European University Institute; PhD, international relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right, Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press (2017); "Contentious Borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Context and Concepts," in International Affairs 93(4), special issue on "Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa post-2011," edited by Raffaella A. Del Sarto, L. Fawcett and A. S. Okyay (July 2017); "Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, its Borderlands, and the 'Arab Spring,'" in Journal of Common Market Studies (2016); Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle (ed.) (2015); "Defining Borders and People in the Borderlands: EU Policies, Israeli Prerogatives and the Palestinians," in Journal of Common Market Studies (2014); "From Brussels with Love: Leverage, Benchmarking, and the Action Plans with Jordan and Tunisia in the EU's Democratization Policy," in Democratization, co-author (2011); "Borderlands: The Middle East and North Africa as the EU’s Southern Buffer Zone," in Mediterranean Frontiers: Borders, Conflicts and Memory in a Transnational World (2010); "Wording and Meaning(s): EU-Israeli Political Cooperation according to the ENP Action Plan," in Mediterranean Politics (2007); Contested State Identities and Regional Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area (Palgrave, 2006). For a recent curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, see personal website.

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