Benedetta Berti, 2011

Benedetta Berti, PhD

Benedetta Berti is a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, a Young Atlanticist at the Atlantic Council and a faculty member at Tel Aviv University. Dr. Berti is also pursuing a post-doctorate at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She also works as security and policy consultant for political risk consulting firms, international organizations as well as foreign embassies.

In the past, Dr. Berti worked in NGOs and research institutes in Latin America, the Middle East and the U.S., 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.

Her research is related to political violence and conflict in the Middle East, as well as social movements theory and strategic nonviolence. She focuses specifically on political integration of armed groups, democratization, SSR and rule of law.

Dr. Berti has written extensively on political participation of armed groups, human rights and Middle Eastern politics. She has authored two forthcoming books on these subjects with Johns Hopkins University press, and regularly publishes book chapters and articles in journals, edited volumes, and policy publications. In addition, she collaborates with publications like "The Christian Science Monitor."

Dr. Berti holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in international relations and security studies from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Bologna University.

Benedetta Berti - Curriculum Vitae

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PhD Dissertation

  • "The Power of Politics vs. the Politics of Power: Exploring the  Political Activism of Armed Groups"

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

  • Lady Davis Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Hebrew University, Jerusalem (2012-2013)
  • Munich Young Leader, Körber Foundation, and Munich Security Conference (2013)
  • Young Atlanticist, Atlantic Council (2011-Present)
  • Smith Richardson Foundation, World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship Grant (2011)
  • Morris Abrams Award in International Relations (2009-2010)
  • Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Horowitz Foundation Grant, (2009-2010)
  • The Fletcher School, International Security Studies Program Fellowship (2009-2010)
  • Bradley Foundation, Bradley Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2009-2010)
  • Neubauer Foundation, Neubauer Doctoral Fellowship (2008-2010)
  • Earhart Foundation, H.B Earhart Doctoral Fellowship (2007-2009)
  • American Jewish Committee, Rosenthal Fellowship in International Relations (2007)
  • Four-year recipient of the Sarah Scaife Foundation Grant for academic achievements in the field of international security studies, Sarah Scaife Foundation (2006-2009)
  • The Fletcher School, Phllyis E. & C. Douglas Dillon Fellow (2006-2007)
  • Rosenthal Fellow-Legislative Fellow at Office of Congressman A.B Schiff (2007)
  • Research Fellow at the Re’ut Institute, Tel Aviv (2006)

Previous Education

  • University of Bologna (Italy), B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies

Fletcher Fields of Study

  • International Security Studies
  • Public International Law
  • Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization"


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