Tareq Baconi

Al-Shabaka Analyst Tareq Baconi served as Al-Shabaka's US Policy Fellow from 2016 - 2017. He is currently the Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict Analyst at the International Crisis Group. His book Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance was published by Stanford University Press. Tareq holds a PhD in International Relations from Kings College London, which he completed alongside a career as an energy consultant. He also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (International Relations) and Imperial College London (Chemical Engineering). Tareq is an adjunct visiting fellow at the US Middle East Project. His writings have appeared in the New York Review Daily, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Sada: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The Daily Star, Al Ghad and Open Democracy.

Policy Circle Politics

Palestinian Leadership: What a New Model Might Look Like

With current Palestinian governance facing a legitimacy crisis, Al-Shabaka convened an open-ended Policy Circle on Leadership and Accountability to elicit recommendations for a leadership that fully represents Palestinians, restores their unity, and respects their rights. Our experts suggest models ranging from a restructured PLO to a populist democracy represented by civil society organizations.

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Focus Politics

Focus On: Gaza

World attention has refocused on Gaza since the Palestinians imprisoned there for more than a decade began their peaceful “Great March of Return” on March 30. In this collection of publications, Al-Shabaka analysts review the conditions and developments of the past decade to address the most important political and economic issues informing the current situation.

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Roundtable Politics

Trump, Jerusalem, and the Future of Palestine

What does Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital mean for Palestine and the Palestinians? In a new roundtable, Al-Shabaka policy analysts weigh in and discuss ways in which Palestinians can safeguard their rights against this setback. 

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Policy Memo Politics

Abbas’s Shortsighted Gaza Policy

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Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas’s recent efforts to increase Hamas’s isolation by cutting salaries and electricity from the Gaza Strip mirror the regional isolation of Qatar, a supporter of Hamas. Al-Shabaka Policy Analyst Tareq Baconi analyzes the impetus behind Abbas’s strategy, its pitfalls and implications, and how Palestinians can confront the PA and its policies.

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Policy Brief Economics

How Israel Uses Gas to Enforce Palestinian Dependency and Promote Normalization

The Israeli occupation does not only exist above ground. Al-Shabaka Policy Fellow Tareq Baconi examines how Israel enjoys a gas bonanza while barring the Gaza Strip from tapping its own fields. He argues that Palestinian dependency on Israeli energy amidst US calls for “economic peace” undermines Palestinian rights, and suggests ways to challenge this status quo.

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Roundtable Politics

Obama’s Last Gasp on Palestine-Israel

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Once the US elections drama concludes, some believe Barack Obama will seize a final opportunity to act on Palestine-Israel. In this roundtable, Al-Shabaka policy analysts debate the probability of such a step, what form it could take, possible pitfalls, and what Palestinians should be doing to further their quest for freedom, equality, and self-determination.

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