Commentaries and Briefs
Koren, Ore, and W. Kindred Winecoff. “Food Price Spikes and Social Unrest: The Dark Side of the Fed’s Crisis-Fighting.” Foreign Policy, May 20, 2020.
This article visualizes historical data to explore the possibility that the Fed’s recent stimulus effort will raise global food prices and contribute to social conflict around the world.
Bagozzi, Benjamin E. and Ore Koren. “The Diplomatic Burden of COVID-19.” Political Violence @ A Glance, March 30, 2020.
This post explains how COVID-19 can negatively impact international relations between state over the long term, and discusses some of the implications of such a decline.
Koren, Ore. “Climate Change and Conflict.” Political Violence @ A Glance, February 4, 2019. Reposted on Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Climate & Conflict blog as: “Climate Change and Conflict Generates Clicks, but What about Scientific Claims?,” February 12, 2019.
This post ideintifies some areas of emerging concesus in research on the climate-conflict nexus.
Koren, Ore. “Why blaming conflicts in Africa on climate change is misguided.” The Conversation, May 1, 2018.
This post discusses some explanations for state instability, and how climate change might or might not be having an impact.
Koren, Ore. “When Fighting Breaks Out – Explaining Subnational Variation in Civil War Onset.” Political Violence @ A Glance, March 1, 2018.
This post explains why within weak states, civil wars start where the state exercises more, not less, control.
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. “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.
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.
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