Policy

Policy Briefs

Koren, Ore. “How Drought Escalates Rebel Killings of Civilians: Study Pinpoints Link Between Food Shortages and Attacks by Extremists, Insurgents.” United States Institute of Peace Policy Analyses, May 24, 2017.

This analysis evaluates the role of famines in violence against civilians and the additional benefits of increasing local drought resistance.

Koren, Ore, and Benjamin E. Bagozzi. “Food Access and the Logic of Violence During Civil War.” New Security Beat, The Wilson Center, March 15, 2017.

In this post, we explain different reasons as to why food abundance can cause violence during civil war.

Op-Eds

Koren, Ore. “Why Insurgents Commit Atrocities in Capital Cities.” The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at the University of Minnesota, October 16, 2017.

This post explains why insurgents frequently attack civilians in capital cities, and identifies some of the mechanisms responsible and conflicts that are more likely to experience such violence.

Koren, Ore. “Living Off the Land: Food and the Logic of Violence in Civil War.” Political Violence @ A Glance, February 6, 2017.

This post discusses how food security has a moderating effect on violence against civilians during peaceful times, but an intensifying impact when conflict intensifies.

Koren, Ore. “Food scarcity causes conflicts — but so can food abundance. Here’s why.” The Monkey Cage, November 23, 2016.

This op-ed surveys recent studies on the relationship between food security and conflict and explores this emerging research agenda.

Koren, Ore. “Tipping the Balance: The Role of Security Repertoires in Predicting Violence.” Political Violence @ A Glance, September 10, 2015.

This post discusses how taking agency and perpetrator characteristics into account can improve our ability to predict mass killing and other state abuses.

Koren, Ore. “Not (Only) Assad’s Fault: The Military Effect in Syria.” International Affairs Forum, May 14, 2013.

This op-ed argues that the scope of violence against civilians in Syria is not only caused by the decision of President Assad, but also by local officers and troops operating in the field.

Letters to the Editor