Benedetta Berti is a research fellow at INSS, a Kreitman post-doctoral fellow at Ben-Gurion University, and a member of the faculty at Tel Aviv University.
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.
Before joining INSS, 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. She was a lecturer and researcher at Tufts and Harvard Universities, a legislative and policy assistant on Capitol Hill, and a fellow at the Reut Institute.
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 Policy, the National Interest, and Open Democracy, as well as in academic journals likeStudies in Conflict and Terrorism, 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, the Times of Israel, and the Jerusalem Post. 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 Young Atlanticist group of the Atlantic Council, the Körber Foundation’s Munich Young Leader group, and affiliated with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Experts Program.
Dr. Berti holds a Ph. D and an MA in international relations and security studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A in Middle Eastern studies from Bologna University. She also completed a post-doctorate at the Hebrew University.