Dr. D. (Doaa) Elnakhala


Doaa Elnakala is a contributing analyst with Wikistrat. In 2015-2016, she was a Syria Analyst for an NGO in Brussels. From 2009 to 2015, Doaa was a research assistant at George Washington University and Harvard University, studying the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. From 2003 until 2006, she was the activities coordinator of Birzeti Univcersity’s Institute of International Studies in Palestine. Doaa has a PhD an two MA’s in political science from the UT-Austin, USA, and a BA in English Linguistics and Literature.


Currently, Doaa is a senior analyst at TU Delft, studying counter-terrorism tactics of liberal democracies. Among other things, Doaa is building a bibliography of important works and researching the Israeli counter-terror tactics. Her PhD dissertation and her MA report discussed the efficiency of border barriers in fending off attacks from the other side. She argues that walls and fences in certain contexts are doomed to fail in stopping cross-border attacks if actors are acting unilaterally.

  • (2015) “Fencing is Protecting?!” In Borders, Thresholds and Migration. UK: Ashgate
  • (September 2012) “Shackled at home: The Palestinian minority in Israel.” Policy Unit’s series of Policy Briefings. Brussels: the European Parliament
  • (May 2012) “Israel’s Policy of Administrative Detention.” Policy Unit’s series of Policy Briefings. Brussels: the European Parliament

Doaa Elnakhala

Senior Researcher

Values, Technology and Innovation

Ethics/Philosophy of Technology

Research interests:
Global Terrorism and Collective Moral Responsibility
Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Border security and border barriers
Territorial, ethnic and other conflicts
The conflict in Syria
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict