Benedetta Berdi

Bradley Foundation Dissertation Fellow, The Fletcher School
Neubauer Doctoral Fellow, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Tel Aviv University

Contact Information

Address: The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA 02155

Fields of Study

International Security Studies, Public International Law, Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization

PhD Dissertation

"The Power of Politics v. the Politics of Power—Exploring The Political Activism of Armed Groups and its Regulation. ”

Research Interests

International security studies and counter terrorism, Middle Eastern politics, public international law and human rights law.

Regional Interests

Middle East (Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Israel); Latin America

Selected Papers and Publications

Book Chapters:

“Lebanon,” in Assaf Moghadam, ed., Militancy and Political Violence in Shiism: Trends and Patterns (London; New York: Routledge, 2011)
“Electoral Reform in Lebanon,” in Azzedine Layachi ed.: Global Studies: The Middle East (Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series, 2010)


“Escaping the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Securing a Role for Human Rights in Counterterrorism,” Book chapter, in Cornelia Beyer and Michael Bauer eds.: Effectively Countering Terrorism: The Challenges of Prevention, Preparedness and Response (Sussex Academic Press, 2009)

Scholarly Articles :

“Lebanon: Between Democratization and Islamization,” INSS Strategic Assessment 2010, (forthcoming, Spring 2010).

“Salafist-Jihadist Activism in Gaza: Mapping the Threat,” Combating Terrorism Center (CTS) Sentinel, United States Military Academy at West Point, Volume 3, Issue 5 (May 2010).

The “Re-Birth” of Hezbollah: Analyzing the 2009 Manifesto” INSS Strategic Assessment, Volume 12, Number 4 (February 2010).

“Hizb Allah’s Domestic Containment and Regional Expansion Strategies,” Combating Terrorism Center (CTS) Sentinel, United States Military Academy at West Point, Volume 2, Issue 11 (November 2009).

“Securing a Role for International Human Rights Law in Counter Terrorism: The Role of Judicial Review in the United Kingdom,” The New England Journal of Political Sciences, Volume III, number 2 (Fall 2009).

“The Lebanese Parliamentary Elections: Back to the Future?” INSS Strategic Assessment, Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), Volume 12, Number 2 (August 2009).

“Securing a Role for International Human Rights Law in Counter Terrorism: The Role of Judicial Review in the United Kingdom,” The New England Journal of Political Sciences, volume III, number 2 (peer-reviewed), forthcoming, Fall 2009.

“The Israeli Citizenship Model: The Role of Pluralism and Particularism In Drawing the Boundaries of the Israeli Polity,” Al Nakhlah, The Fletcher School (Tufts University), Spring 2009.

“Assessing the Role of the Hawala System, its Role in Financing Terrorism, And Devising a Normative Regulatory Framework,” MIT International Review, Spring 2008.

“Is There Path for Europe? Europe caught in a struggle to defend its civil liberties and rights while fighting its internal enemy: terrorism. Book Review of Lorenzo Vidino, Al Qaeda in Europe: the New Battleground of International Jihad.” The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, The Fletcher School (Tufts University), May 2006.

Articles and Op-Eds:

“Lebanon in the aftermath of the June 2009 elections: Facing the National-Unity Government Challenge,” The MidEast Peace Pulse, August 3, 2009

“Electoral Reform in Lebanon,” Mideast Monitor Online, July-August 2009.

“Lebanon: Political Tensions Heighten as the Parliamentary Elections Approach,” The MidEast Peace Pulse, June 1, 2009.

Assessing the Role of Hezbollah in the Gaza War and Its Regional Impact,” Terrorism Monitor, Jamestown Foundation, March 3, 2009

“Is the Window of Opportunity to Formulate a National Defense Strategy for Lebanon Closing?” World Security Network, January 29, 2009.

“Colombia’s FARC and the Basque ETA: Exploring the Tactical and Economic Partnership,” Terrorism Monitor, Jamestown Foundation, January 23, 2009.

“Iran Aims to get Shanghaied,” On Line Opinion (Australia), January 13, 2009.

“Analysis: Homegrown terror or international jihad?” The Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2008.

“Rumors of Assassination Attempt on Shaykh Nasrallah as Hezbollah Reconciles with Opponents,” Terrorism Focus, Jamestown Foundation, October 30, 2008.

“Special Report: Terror in Lebanon Threatens National, Regional Security,” Middle East Times, October 17, 2008.

“Reassessing the Transnational Terrorism-Criminal Link in South America's Tri-Border Area,” Terrorism Monitor, Jamestown Foundation, September 22, 2008.

“Can Ahmadinejad lose the election?” The Jerusalem Post, September 1, 2008.

“Colombia’s FARC Escalate Operations to Demonstrate Their Will to Continue the Armed Struggle,” Terrorism Focus, Jamestown Foundation, August 12, 2008.

“Ahmadinejad and the Shifting Political Environment in Iran,” Mideast Monitor Online, August 2008. (Reprinted, OnLine Opinion [Australia], November 13, 2008).

“Fighting in Lebanon’s Palestinian Refugee Camps Result of Increased Islamist Influence," Terrorism Focus, Jamestown Foundation, June 24, 2008.

“Escaping the Prisoner’s Dilemma: Securing a Role for Human Rights in Counterterrorism,” CounterTerrorism (UK) (Forthcoming)

“Paying the Price of “Democracy”: the Rise of the Hamas Government: Fragmentation, Radicalization, and Instability” Current Trends in Islamist Ideology, Hudson Institute, Washington DC (Forthcoming)

“Iran Looks for Allies through Asian and Latin American Partnerships,” Power and Interest News Report, November 27, 2007,

''Iran Strengthens its Role in the Caspian Sea and Central Asian Regions," Power and Interest News Report, November 6, 2007.

"Political Fragmentation Hinders Lebanon's Stability," Asia Times, October 10, 2007,

“The Arms Control Reporter 2005”/Iran-Middle East Section (Middle East Nuclear Issues: Iran, Israel, Iran Missile Programs, Israel Missile Programs), Institute For Defense and Disarmament, Cambridge, MA (Summer/fall 2006)

“Derechos Colectivos de Pueblos Indígenas: el Territorio Ocupado” (Collective Rights of Indigenous Peoples: the Occupied Territory), CAPISE, February 2005.

“El Dilema del Prisionero: La Ocupación Militar del Territorio Indígena de Chiapas” (The Prisoner’s Dilemma: Military Occupation in the Indigenous Territory of Chiapas), CAPISE, Mexico February 2004.


European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Conference, (Dublin (Ireland), August 30-September 1 2010).

World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) Congress, (Barcelona (Spain), July 19-24, 2010).

International Studies Association’s (ISA) 51st Annual Conference, Theory vs. Policy? Connecting Scholars and Practitioners, (New Orleans, LA, February 17-20, 2010).

The Hebrew University, 5th Annual Graduate Conference, Political Science, International Relations and Public Policy, (Jerusalem (Israel), December 10, 2009).

The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Fletcher Doctoral Conference, (Medford (MA), October 16 2009.)

Program on Order, Conflict and Violence Program, Yale University, Conference on “Rebel Governance,” (New Haven (CT), October 2-4 2009)

European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) 5th General Conference, (Potsdam (Germany), September 10-12 2009).

International Studies Association’s (ISA) 50th Annual Conference, Exploring the Past, Anticipating the Future, (New York, NY, February 15-18 2009)

University of Massachusetts (Boston) Conference Conflict Studies: the New Generation of Ideas, (Boston, MA, October 31-November 1 2008).

Curriculum Vitae

Benedetta Berti CV