In Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine (Oxford University Press 2020), Dana El Kurd investigates how the ruling Palestinian Authority has managed to remain in power and demobilize Palestinian society despite the ongoing Israeli occupation. Using a multi-method approach, El Kurd demonstrates that international involvement following the Oslo Accords has deepened polarization in Palestine, buttressing authoritarianism while undermining Palestinian civil society.
Dana El Kurd: Assistant Professor at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and a researcher at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. She holds a PhD in Political Science, with concentrations in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Her work focuses on authoritarian regimes in the Arab world, state-society relations in these countries, and the impact of repression on polarization and social cohesion. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as PS Political Science and Politics, Journal of Global Security Studies, Middle East Law and Governance, Siyasat Arabiya (an Arabic peer-reviewed journal), Contemporary Arab Affairs, and Parameters. Her recent book titled Polarized and Demobilized: Legacies of Authoritarianism in Palestine is out now with Oxford University Press.