Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, PhD

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
International Relations
Middle East Studies
Conflict Management
International Development

SAIS Europe

Expertise

Regions
  • Europe
  • Israel
  • Middle East
  • Northern Africa
Topics
  • Arab-israeli Relations
  • European Union Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
Languages
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian

Background and Education

Part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute; Director of the BORDERLANDS research project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and hosted at the European University Institute; Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies at the Middle East Centre of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford; Marie Curie Fellow and Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute; PhD, international relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Publications: 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 webpage.


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Fall 2017 
The course aims...
The course aims at introducing students to the history, politics and ‘trans-Mediterranean relations’ of North Africa and the Mediterranean Middle East (MENA). Starting with the exploration of the emergence of the modern state system in the region, the course will examine the post-colonial politics of MENA countries. In this context, a number of key issues will be addressed, such as state-society relations, authoritarianism and reform, the role of the military, regional dynamics, conflicts, the strategic importance of the region, political Islam, and democracy and human rights. Attention will also be paid to the relations of MENA states to their European neighbour(s), including to the European Union as a whole, in the realms of trade, migration, and democracy promotion. The course will conclude with a discussion of the recent Arab uprisings and their implications for the politics and international relations of the MENA region. (Cross listed Middle East Studies/International Development)
Spring 2018 
The Israeli-Pal...
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is among the most protracted and seemingly irresolvable conflicts of modern times. It is also a conflict that attracts much international attention while standing at the centre of heated political debates. The objective of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of the conflict from its origin to the present, starting with the clash between Zionism and Arab-Palestinian nationalism during the British Mandate, the period of interstate rivalry between Israel and its Arab neighbours, the watershed event of the 1967 war, and the return to a struggle between Israel and the Palestinians in the last decades. While the course is structured chronologically, special attention will be paid to the different interpretations of history and contrasting narratives of the conflict. Of central importance are the questions of why the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has not been solved yet, and whether peace is possible. (Cross listed Middle East Studies/International Development/International Relations) (CM)
Spring 2018 
This course aim...
This course aims to study the multifaceted and complex relationship between Europe/the European Union and the states of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Starting with the history of European colonialism in the Middle East, the course will examine the post-colonial policies of single European states towards the region, together with the declarations, policies and practices of the European Community, and later European Union, from the 1970s onwards. Suggesting a widely overlooked degree of interconnectedness between Europe and the Middle East, special attention will be paid to Europe-Middle East relations in the realms of trade, migration and border control, security cooperation and democracy promotion. The conceptualisation of the policies of the EU and of single MENA states, together with questions pertaining to power relations, interdependence and leverage in Europe-Middle East relations will also be discussed. (Cross listed Middle East Studies/Europe and Eurasian Studies)
July 13, 2017 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
, will speak at the Chatham House in a conference entitled "Contentious Borders: The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Post-2011."

June 7, 2017 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
, spoke at EUI in a conference entitled "1967 – 2017: Nationalism and its Discontent in Israel/Palestine."

April 11, 2017 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
, hosted a one-day conference at SAIS Europe entitled "Regional (Dis)order in the Middle East: Historical Legacies and Current Shifts."

April 5, 2017 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
, spoke at NYU in a conference entitled "Abandoning Peace? Israel's Move to the Right."

June 20, 2016 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
, organized a two-day conference at EUI's Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies to present research from her project on Borderlands: Boundaries, Governance and Power in the European Union's Relations with North Africa and the Middle East "Borderlands: Boundaries, Governance and Power in the European Union's Relations with North Africa and the Middle East."

June 13, 2016 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
, organized a workshop in Carthage, Tunisia on "The European Union, the 'Southern Neighbourhood' and Tunisia ."

March 1, 2016 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
, wrote a paper for John Wiley & Sons entitled "Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, Its Borderlands and the "Arab Spring", JCMS 54 (2):215-232."

December 9, 2014 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
, organized a conference at the European University Institute titled "Borders in Transition: Rethinking Sovereignty, Domestic Politics and International Relations in the MENA Region."

October 2, 2013 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, wrote an article for the Journal of Common Market Studies entitled , "Defining Borders and People in the Borderlands: EU Policies, Israeli Prerogatives and the Palestinians."

July 16, 2013 
Raffaella A. De...

Raffaella A. Del Sarto, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies, was quoted in aFox News article on, "Israeli leaders condemn EU ban on settlement funding."