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Elisabeth Marteu

Consulting Senior Fellow for Middle East Politics


  • Middle East politics
  • Israel, Palestinian Territories, Jordan
  • Israeli and Palestinian politics and societies; non-state actors and security; politics of identity and minorities; gender and conflicts

Languages: French, English, Arabic, Hebrew

Summary: Elisabeth Marteu is the Senior Consulting Fellow for Middle East Politics at the IISS, based out of its Middle East office in Bahrain. She covers political and security developments in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories.


  • 2011–2015: Political Advisor, Middle East affairs, General Directorate for International Relations and Strategy, Ministry of Defence, France
  • 2009–2014: Lecturer, Sciences Po Paris
  • 2008–2010: Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Paris-Sorbonne 
  • 2004–2007: Research Fellow, French Research Centre (CNRS-CRFJ), Jerusalem

Selected Publications:

  • 'Quel rapprochement possible entre Israël, l’Arabie saoudite et Abu Dhabi?', The Conversation, June 2017
  • Civil Organizations and Protest Movements in Israel: Mobilization around the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
  • L’Etat islamique et la nébuleuse salafiste jihadiste au Liban et en Jordanie, Politique étrangère, March 2016
  • ‘Israël et la crise syrienne: Tel-Aviv face à ses lignes rouges’, Note Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, November 2015
  • ‘Quel avenir pour le Hamas?’, Diplomatie, November 2015
  • ‘A Study of Relations between Palestinians in Israel and in the Occupied Territories’, in C.Parizot, S. Latte Abdallah (eds.), Israelis and Palestinians in the Shadows of the Wall, (Farham/Burlington, Ashgate, 2015)
  • ‘Bedouin Women’s Organizations in the Naqab: Social Activism for Women’s Empowerment?’, in M. Nasasra, S. Richter-Devroe, S. Rabia-Queder, R. Ratcliffe (eds.), The Naqab Bedouins and Colonialism: New Perspectives, (Oxfordshire, New York, Routledge, 2014)

About the Middle East and the Gulf Programme:

The Middle East research programme places a strong emphasis on the study of regional security and conflict in the Levant, the Gulf and the North Africa regions. The Programme’s research team identifies and analyses the drivers, actors, trajectories and consequences of key Middle Eastern crises. 

Joined IISS: September 2016

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