Until February 2019 Samar Batrawi was a Research Fellow at Clingendael’s Conflict Research Unit. Previously Samar joined the Clingendael Institute as Research Associate. She worked on security and justice in the Levant with a focus on people’s lived reality. She is particularly interested in the role of identity politics and social movements in conflict in Israel, Palestine, Syria and Iraq. The broad ambition behind her work is to inspire concrete and constructive policies that respond to local dynamics and positive aspirations, rather than attempt to dictate them. Ultimately, she believes that there need be no incongruence between these and the policy priorities of international actors.
Prior to joining Clingendael, Samar worked at the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling in Ramallah, the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation in London and as a freelance consultant in the private and public sector. She previously taught international relations and security issues in the Middle East and North Africa at King’s College London. Samar is a PhD candidate at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and also a policy member at Al-Shabaka, an independent Palestinian-led policy network.