Dr. Benedetta Berti
Security and Conflict Management Expert on Civil Wars and Global Challenges
Benedetta Berti’s argument—that “understanding the day-to-day politics of rebellion” is the key to tackling the challenges posed by violent organizations—has been a groundbreaking one in the field of international security and human rights. Currently, her work focuses on political violence and conflict in the Middle East, as well as Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian politics, non-state armed groups and internal conflicts. She also works as a human security and foreign policy consultant for political risk consulting firms, NGOs, international organizations and governments, also working in the post-conflict field on issues ranging from the security sector reform and democratization.
International Security, Terrorist Groups, and Post-Conflict Resolution
The phrase “terrorist group” calls to mind a series of disturbing images: senseless acts of destruction and violent aggression. But what if these organizations are more complex (and organized) than we understand? What if they organize communities, manage infrastructure, or step up in other ways where states are failing? In this clear-eyed and incisive keynote, Berti argues that many terrorist groups are more than just violent rebels—they’re complex organizations that have deep influences on the communities they occupy. In order to truly defeat these groups, Berti argues, we need to build a more nuanced understanding of how they work. Addressing everything from the Israel-Palestine conflict to the Syrian civil war, Berti sheds new light on war, conflict, and terrorism.
Armed Political Organizations: From Conflict to Integration
Many armed-political movements such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Irish Republican Army (IRA) have their roots in insurrection and rebellion. In Armed Political Organizations, Benedetta Berti seeks to understand when and why violent actors in a political organization choose to vote rather than bomb their way to legitimacy.
Berti argues that the classic theory of the democratization process, which sees violence and elections at opposite ends of the political spectrum, is too simplistic and wholly inadequate for understanding the negotiation and disarmament work that is necessary for peaceful resolution of armed conflicts and movement toward electoral options. In this comparative study, she develops an alternative cyclical model that clarifies why armed groups create a political wing and compete in elections, and how this organizational choice impacts subsequent decisions to relinquish armed struggle.
In her conclusion, Berti draws out what the implications are for a government’s ability to engage armed political groups to improve the chances of political integration. Berti’s innovative framework and careful choice of case studies, presented in a jargon-free, accessible style, will make this book attractive to not only scholars and students of democratization processes but also policymakers interested in conflict resolution and peacekeeping efforts.
@patoso84 El hecho que después de tanta violencia, ustedes lograron este acuerdo de paz nos da a todos mucha esperanza!about 1 day ago
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