Defence and Peace Economics Special Issue

Political economic perspectives of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Defence and Peace Economics

Guest Editors:
Sami Miaari – Tel Aviv University and Oxford University & Massimiliano Cali – World Bank


The Israeli-Palestinian (I-P) conflict is one of the longest-running political conflicts in the world, varying greatly in intensity, with periods characterized by high levels of violence, such as the First and the Second Intifada, and the recent wars in Gaza, and periods of relative calm and a low intensity of political violence. With no end in sight, this conflict will continue to have a severe impact on Palestinians and Israelis as well as on the Middle Eastern region and beyond. While the I-P conflict has received much attention by various social disciplines, such as political science and legal studies, it has received comparatively less attention by the economics literature, which has mainly focused on the conflict’s macro-economic impacts. Given the importance of economics in understanding the causes and effects of conflicts, this is a particularly important knowledge gap.

In order to help fill this gap Defense and Peace Economics is issuing a call for papers for a Special Issue that aims to improve our understanding of the socio-economic aspects of the I-P conflict. Papers may examine, though are not limited to, the following areas:

1. Micro and macro-economic and social effects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Israel and Palestine.
2. Examination of what aspects of political violence are most important in affecting socio-economic outcomes in the Palestinian and Israeli economies.
3. Developing a better understanding of the mechanisms through which political violence affects socio-economic outcomes.
4. The effects of economic and social factors on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
5. Developing a better understanding of the possible channels through which economic conditions affect conflict.
6. The role of national and international economic policies on the incentives to engage in the I-P conflict.

How to Submit

Please submit a 300-word abstract to Dr. Sami Miaari at by August 31, 2018.

Initial acceptance of the abstract by the Guest Editors will be made by Sep 30, 2018. All manuscripts will go through a double blind review process.


  1. By Feb 28th, 2019 the full manuscript (accepted abstracts by the Guest Editors) is to be submitted online.
  2. The double blind review process for a first decision on submitted manuscripts takes around eight weeks.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Sami Miaari, Tel Aviv University & Oxford University ( )
  • Guest Editor: Massimiliano Cali, World Bank