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Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Academic Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies


Raffaella A. Del Sarto is Academic Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs, and Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS Europe campus. She is interested in the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa—particularly in relation to Europe, the domestic-foreign policy nexus, questions of borders, power and interdependence, the development of the regional order in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and Israel’s foreign and domestic policies.

She is the author of Borderlands: Europe and the Mediterranean Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2021); Israel under Siege: The Politics of Insecurity and the Rise of the Israeli Neo-Revisionist Right (Georgetown University Press, 2017); Contested State Identities and Regional Security in the Euro-Mediterranean Area (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and the editor of Fragmented Borders, Interdependence and External Relations: The Israel-Palestine-European Union Triangle (Palgrave Macmillan 2015). She has co-edited Resisting Europe: Practices of Contestation in the Mediterranean Middle East (University of Michigan Press, 2020, with Simone Tholens) and The Convergence of Civilizations: Constructing a Mediterranean Region (University of Toronto Press, 2006, with Emanuel Adler, Beverly Crawford and Federica Bicchi). Her articles have appeared in International Affairs, The Middle East Journal, Journal of Common Market Studies, Democratization, Mediterranean Politics and several other journals and volumes.

Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe, Raffaella A. Del Sarto was a part-time professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she directed the BORDERLANDS research project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Prior to this she was a Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies at the University of Oxford (The Middle East Centre of St. Antony's College), and prior to this, a Marie Curie Fellow and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, and a lecturer at the University of Bologna, Italy.

She received her MA from the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and her PhD (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During the Oslo peace process in the late 1990s, she worked as a project manager with the German Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Jerusalem, managing a German government fund in support of peacemaking.

She is fluent in five languages—English, German, French, Italian and Hebrew—and knows some Arabic and some Spanish.



  • Europe
  • Israel
  • Middle East
  • Northern Africa


  • Arab-Israeli Relations
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Domestic Influences On Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • Political Violence


  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian

In the News

An imposing arsenal in Gaza.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto quoted in La Presse, 05/21

A new front in the covert conflict between Iran and Israel.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto quoted in InsideArabia, 03/26

Resisting Europe.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto participated in Amsterdam Centre for European Studies webinar, 03/05

Morocco normalizing relations with Israel.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto interviewed on UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies’ Israel in Depth podcast, 12/16

The U.S. and the Israeli –Palestinian conflict.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto participated in Österreichisches Institut für Internationale Politik webinar, 12/10

Olive branch or fig leaf? What Israel’s normalization processes really mean for regional security.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto wrote in London School of Economics Middle East Centre Blog, 11/13

How Europe lost Turkey.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto wrote in Duvar English, 10/28

EU diplomacy and the Arab-Israeli conflict: How can Europe effectively promote peace?

Raffaella A. Del Sarto participated in Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration webinar, 10/5

Israel under siege: The politics of insecurity and the rise of the Israeli neo-revisionist right

Raffaella A. Del Sarto’s book highlighted in Israel Studies Review, 5/6

Stuck in the logic of Oslo: Europe and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto wrote in Middle East Journal, 09/19

Trump's Israel-Palestine plan is all smoke and mirrors.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto wrote in The Hill, 6/21

Insecurity, identity politics, and the restructuring of the Middle East.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto wrote for Project on Middle East Political Science, 3/22