The Global Initiative Network


Moncef Kartas

Researcher, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Moncef Kartas is affiliated researcher at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. He holds a PhD degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, and a Master’s degree in political science, philosophy and international law from the University of Munich.

Since June 2016 Moncef Kartas has been nominated by the UN Secretary-General as a member of the UN Panel of Experts on Libya created by UN Security Council resolution 1975 (2011). Within the Panel Moncef is in charge of monitoring and investigation violations of the arms embargo.

As a specialist in security sector governance Moncef provides regular consultancy and training for international organisations, national agencies and civil society organisations on strategic planning and community engagement in policing, border management and countering violent extremism.

From December 2012 to August 2015 Moncef also set up and headed the Small Arms Survey’s North Africa programme. Moncef Kartas was also a senior researcher at CCDP since 2009 until he joined the UN Panel of Expert.

Since 2011 Moncef Kartas is conducting field research in North Africa, notably Tunisia and Libya on the security dimension of the political upheavals including on civil-military relations, the possibility of reform of the security institutions, armed violence, non-state armed actors, arms trafficking and insecurity in border region. With CCDP he has amongst others conducted field research in Kigali as part of the joint project with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on urban resilience and chronic violence, focusing on the interaction of formal and informal institutions in coping with stress factors.

He was also the lead researcher for the Peace and Conflict Impact Assessment (PCIA) for Madagascar mandated by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Antananarivo.

  • 2016      “Le rôle des milices en Libye : l’État face à l’économie de prédation” Colloque de la Fondation Respublica, Paris.
  • 2016      Op-ed on Tunisian-Libyan border: “Discussion about Border Security Needs to Begin with Conversations about Tribes”.
  • 2016      “The Tunisian-Libyan Border Space of the Jeffara: Informality and Conflict”, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Yale School of Law Middle East Legal Studies Seminar (MELSS), Amman 7-10 January 2016.
  • 2015      (with Oliver Jütersonke) “The State as Urban Myth: Governance without Government in the Global South”, In Peter M.R. Stirk (ed.) The Concept of the State in International Relations: Philosophy, Sovereignty, and Cosmopolitanism, (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).
  • 2014      (with Nicolas Florquin and Irene Parvesi) “Searching for Stability: Perceptions of Security, Justice, and Firearms in Libya.” Issue Brief. Geneva: Small Arms Survey, Geneva, 2014.

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