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Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies


Raffaella A. Del Sarto is Associate Professor of Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Europe (SAIS Europe); Part-time Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre of the European University Institute. Formerly Director of the BORDERLANDS research project, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and hosted at the European University Institute (2011-2017); Pears Fellow in Israel and Mediterranean Studies at the Middle East Centre of St. Antony's College, University of Oxford (2007-2011); Marie Curie Fellow (2005-2007) and Jean Monnet Fellow (2004-2005) at the European University Institute; PhD, international relations (summa cum laude), Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Del Sarto, A. (2017). Israel under siege: The politics of insecurity and the rise of the Israeli neo-revisionist right. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Del Sarto, R. (2017). Contentious borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Context and concepts. International Affairs,93(4), 767-787.

Del Sarto, R. (2015). Normative Empire Europe: The European Union, its Borderlands, and the ‘Arab Spring’JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 54(2), 215-232.

Del Sarto, R. (2013). Defining Borders and People in the Borderlands: EU Policies, Israeli Prerogatives and the PalestiniansJCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 52(2), 200-216.

For a recent curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, see personal website.




  • 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

Contentious borders in the Middle East and North Africa: Context and concepts.

Raffaella A. Del Sarto wrote in International Affairs, 7/1

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