Lihi Ben Shitrit is an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens.
Lihi Ben Shitrit is an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens. In 2013-2014, she was also a visiting assistant professor and a research associate in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, religion, and politics in the Middle East. Her most recent publications include her book Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right (Princeton University Press, 2015) and “Authenticating Representation: Women's Quotas and Islamist Parties in the Middle East” (in Politics & Gender, Vol. 13, 2016). Lihi has also worked extensively with civil society organizations, the U.S. Department of State, and USAID on conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects in the Israeli-Palestinian context. She holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in Political Science from Yale University and a BA in Middle Eastern studies from Princeton University.
Hurt by Morsi’s ouster in Egypt and alienated from former allies in Syria and Iran, Hamas is struggling to keep itself afloat economically and politically.
President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu each face political pressures at home that have constrained their abilities to compromise on the peace process.
Major challenges threaten to stand in the face of a reconciliation deal between Fatah and Hamas.