The Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism: Old Wine in New Bottlenecks

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This article examines the Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism (GRM)–the main institutional mechanism regulating the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip since the 2014 war. Proponents of the GRM hold that it is a crucial lifeline enabling the entry of humanitarian and reconstruction goods into Gaza while assuaging Israel’s security concerns. In contrast, this article argues that the GRM has introduced a bureaucratic and cumbersome mechanism that has created new bottlenecks that are impeding effective reconstruction and have institutionalized and depoliticized the siege of the Gaza Strip by passing the responsibility for its maintenance on to the international community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-227
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Issue number2
Early online date3 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • Gaza
  • Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism
  • post-conflict reconstruction
  • siege

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