We seek to back up our practical engagements with in-depth research in order to offer a comprehensive approaches towards the issues we are confronting. Below, you can find a list of research papers IPCRI has published as part of our activities in the region.

Ensuring Water Security in the Middle East:

Policy Implications

Joint Policy Study, April 2020

Over the last decades, desertification and water-scarcity have become major problems in the Middle East, and more specifically in the Eastern Mediterranean region (Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Syria). These developments have had significant political and socioeconomic impacts for the region. Increasingly securitized, water has been transformed into a political card, discouraging inter-state cooperation. Securitization of water has also led to exclusion of civil society and non-governmental actors from resource management.

This Joint Policy Study resulted from a partnership between IPCRI, AIES and Euromesco. IT discusses securitisation and de-securitisation trends in the region and examines the policies that can ensure water security. It argues that multilateral cooperation can trigger effective cooperation over shared water resources. Furthermore, civil society should be reincorporated into management and monitoring of water resources, which would lead to gradual desecuritisation of this resource.

One City, Two Realities

Jerusalem Public Opinion Survey 2018

This public opinion survey covers different issues of life in Jerusalem of its Israeli and Palestinian residents. It surveys their expressions about local needs, who they view as their local leadership, their social attitudes and ways of communication. It also explores perceptions of violence, life satisfaction and also questions about the future of Jerusalem and municipal elections.

This survey is a part of a larger peacebuilding initiative in Jerusalem called “Building Visions for the Future of Jerusalem: A Bottom-Up Approach”. As such, the survey is one of a few ways to collect and give voice to the residents’ needs and perceptions regarding their life in Jerusalem. Its final objectives are to to better understand the foundations for cooperation between the two populations in this contested city, in order to assist in improving their well-being.

The Occupation and the Patriarchy

Women's Involvement in the Peace Processes in Israel and the West Bank

This paper, researched and published in collaboration with IPCRI, "examines how local peace and women’s organizations in Israel and the West Bank utilize UNSCR 1325" - which highlights issues surrounding women, violent conflict, and peacebuilding - and other complementary resolutions "within their organizations and activities." It also "describes the barriers these organizations face to increasing women’s participation at all levels of peace and human rights initiatives and provides recommendations based on local experiences for how local and international peace and women’s organizations can better integrate principles of UNSCR 1325+."

Over the course of 2015 and 2016, the country experienced an escalation in violent incidents. Often, media sources superficially characterize the perpetrators by revealing and relating only to their general national or regional origin, without providing furhter details of their background. These withheld details, however, can highlight significant trends about this renewed wave of violence as well as mostives behind each attack, which can also lead to potential solutions. Through research and analysis, IPCRI has worked to uncover such correlations on the origin of these attackers in an effort to find possible solutions to decreasing their occurrence. 

Two States in One Space

The new framework presented in the “Two States in One Space” project proposes the creation of two independent states that enter into a voluntary union with greater flexibility and cooperation than the separation paradigm. This offers a more realistic response to history and the present, and allows for a resolution that demands less sacrifice and trauma than other models. In such a vision, Israel and Palestine would exist as two sovereign nation states, Israel on 78% of the land and Palestine on 22%. Jerusalem would remain one urban space and a capital for the two countries. Evacuation of over a hundred thousand Jews would be prevented. A real answer to the Palestinian refugee issue would be given. A guaranteed Jewish state with a Jewish majority would also be ensured.