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Tareq Baconi

Analyst, Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict

Crisis Group Role

Tareq Baconi is Crisis Group’s Analyst for Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict.

Professional Background

Tareq has a background in management consulting in the energy sector. His research relates to the contemporary geopolitics of the region, with a focus on Israel-Palestine.
His writing has appeared in Arabic in Al-Ghad and Al-Quds al-Arabi, and in English in The New York Review Daily, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, The Nation, The Daily Star (Lebanon), and al-Jazeera. He has provided analysis for print and broadcast media, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, BBC, National Public Radio, and Democracy Now!. He has a PhD in International Relations from King’s College London and an MPhil degree from the University of Cambridge.

Select Publications

  • “Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance”, Stanford University Press, May 2018.
  • “Beyond Humanitarian Quick Fixes in Gaza”, European Council on Foreign Relations, March 2018.
  • “Libya’s Rebounding Oil Sector”, European Council on Foreign Relations, March 2018.
  • “A Flammable Peace: Why Gas Deals won’t End Conflict in the Middle East”, European Council on Foreign Relations, December 2017.
  • “Pipelines and Pipedreams: How the EU can Support a Regional Gas Hub in the Eastern Mediterranean”, European Council on Foreign Relations, April 2017.
  • “Israel needs to loosen its chokehold on Gaza”, Washington Post, July 2018.
  • “What the Gaza Protests Portend”, NYR Daily, May 2018.
  • “The Gaza march is a wake-up call to the world”, The Guardian, April 2018.
  • “How Israel’s 10-Year Blockade Brought Gaza to the Brink of Collapse,” The Nation, July 2017.

In The News

13 Sep 2019
The debate unfolding within Israel now is not whether annexation has happened or not, but rather whether to formalize it or not. TIME

Tareq Baconi

Analyst, Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict
5 May 2019
Hamas agreed to restrain the protests in return for concessions. Those haven’t materialized. New York Times

Tareq Baconi

Analyst, Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict
1 May 2019
Given that the PA’s main source of legitimacy is its capacity to employ a considerable proportion of the Palestinian workforce, internal discontent could challenge its ability to govern effectively. Reuters

Tareq Baconi

Analyst, Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict
1 Apr 2019
Netanyahu prefers to deal with Hamas because clear dynamics have been established and Hamas will not seek a final resolution [of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict] from Israel. Associated Press

Tareq Baconi

Analyst, Israel/Palestine and Economics of Conflict

Latest Updates

The Deadly Political Paralysis behind the Gaza Flare-up

Fighting in Gaza killed 25 Palestinians and four Israelis on 3-6 May. In this Q&A, our Israel/Palestine Analyst Tareq Baconi links the violence to a continuing failure to ease restrictions on Gaza as agreed in a November ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, Gaza’s dominant Palestinian group.

Stopping an Unwanted War in Gaza

As in 2014, Hamas and Israel appear close to a conflagration that neither party desires – though now a shaky ceasefire seems to have taken hold. Crisis Group’s Israel/Palestine analyst Tareq Baconi explains how the parties got to the brink and how they can step back.