Benedetta Berti is a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a TED Senior Fellow, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and the Modern War Institute.
Benedetta Berti is a foreign policy and security researcher, analyst, author, and lecturer. Her work focuses on human security and internal conflicts, as well as on post-conflict stabilization and consolidation—specifically integration of armed groups, democracy and governance, and crisis management and prevention. Dr. Berti is a fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), a TED Senior Fellow, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and the Modern War Institute. She is the author of three books, including Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Her work and research have appeared in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Mediterranean Politics, and the Middle East Journal, among others. 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. In 2015 the Italian government awarded her the Order of the Star of Italy (order of Knighthood). Dr. Berti holds a PhD and an MA in international relations and security studies from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
The Syrian regime is turning to reconstruction to boost legitimacy and consolidate control, a process that also benefits its external allies.
Despite the inherent challenges of finding a long-term solution to Lebanon’s refugee crisis, its focus on short-term responses could worsen social and political cleavages and foster new forms of marginalization.
Warring parties in Syria have weaponized aid by granting or withholding humanitarian access, complicating the work of aid organizations.
Saudi Arabia’s recent moves against Hezbollah and the Lebanese government could end up weakening its own allies and further destabilizing the Lebanese political arena.
Hamas’s economic predicament drives it to maintain ties with jihadi groups in Sinai even as it seeks to crack down on jihadi cells within Gaza.
Hamas seeks to improve ties with Saudi Arabia while preserving its pre-existing regional interlocutors, including Iran.
The rise of the latest manifestation of the Salafi-jihadi camp in Gaza is politically worrying for Hamas.
The international community has heavily invested in the armed forces of Syria’s neighbors, but hard security cannot be achieved without more robust humanitarian aid.
Hamas’s small tactical gains are unlikely to translate any short-term popularity boost into long-term political capital.
A mutual desire to show strength has escalated the conflict, and although neither side wants another war, it may already be too late to pull back.