Ore D Koren

Ore Koren is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota in Political Science, a U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a former Jennings Randolph Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. He studies micro-dynamics of violence, analyzes the behavior of combatants and perpetrators, and evaluates the specific mechanisms that generate conflict and other forms of political violence at the highly localized level. As a researcher, he devoted considerable energy into developing “localized conflict” approaches to understanding manifestations of violence that have traditionally been thought of mostly as initiated by states or leaders. Using a combination of “big data” analysis and archival research, Koren’s current work analyzes the implications of factors such as local political power asymmetries or food security and climatic variations to conflict and political violence, and experiments with creating theoretically informed indicators to measure the distribution of different political and economic factors at the highly localized level. His research was published or is forthcoming in multiple academic journals, and has also been featured in policy-oriented outlets.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.Sc.: Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, 2016.
  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, MN, 2016.
  • A.B.: Government, History, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2012.

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • International Relations
  • Political Methodology
  • Comparative Politics
  • Applied Economics
Courses Taught
  • POL 3833: the U.S. in the Global Economy
  • POL 4887: Thinking Strategically in International Relations (TA)
  • POL 3872: Global Environmental Cooperation (TA)
  • POL 3810: Causes and Consequences of Civil Conflict (TA)
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Reviewer: American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Food Policy, International Interactions, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Strategic Studies, World Development
  • Discussant: Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans. January 2017; Online Peace Science Colloquium. September 2016; American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Philadelphia. September 2016
  • Chair: Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans. January 2017
  • Forecaster: Early Warning Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., 2015 - present
Publications
  • Koren, Ore, and Anoop Sarbahi. “State Capacity, Insurgency and Civil War: A Disaggregated Analysis.” Forthcoming. International Studies Quarterly.
  • Bumba Mukherjee and Ore Koren. Paramilitaries, Militias, and Political Demobilization after Civil War. Under contract at Oxford University Press.
  • Bumba Mukherjee and Ore Koren. The Politics of Mass Killing in Autocratic Regimes. Under contract at Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Living off the land: The connection between cropland, food security, and violence against civilians: Koren, Ore, Benjamin E. Bagozzi, Journal of Peace Research, 54(3) 351-364, 2017. Link
  • Droughts, Land Appropriation, and Rebel Violence in The Developing World: Koren, Ore, Benjamin E. Bagozzi, Ore Koren, and Bumba Mukherjee, Journal of Politics, 79(3) 1057--1072, 2017. Link
  • From global to local, food insecurity is associated with contemporary armed conflict: Koren, Ore, Benjamin E. Bagozzi, Food Security, 8(5) 999-1010, 2016. Link
  • Means to an End: Pro-Government Militias as a Predictive Indicator of Strategic Mass Killing: Koren, Ore, Conflict Management and Peace Science, DOI: 10.1177/0738894215600385 , 2015. Link
  • Military Structure, Civil Disobedience, and Military Violence: Koren, Ore, Terrorism & Political Violence, 26 688 - 712, 2014. Link
  • Food Access and the Logic of Violence During Civil War: Koren, Ore, Benjamin E. Bagozzi, Author. Link
  • Living Off the Land: Food and the Logic of Violence in Civil War: Koren, Ore, Political Violence @ A Glance, February 6, 2017. Link
  • Food scarcity causes conflicts — but so can food abundance. Here’s why: Koren, Ore, The Monkey Cage political blog, the Washington Post, November 23, 2016.. Link
  • Tipping the Balance: The Role of Security Repertoires in Predicting Violence: Koren, Ore, Political Violence @ A Glance, September 10, 2015 . Link
  • Not (Only) Assad’s Fault: The Military Effect in Syria: Koren, Ore, International Affairs Forum, May 14, 2013. Link
  • How Drought Escalates Rebel Killings of Civilians: Study Pinpoints Link Between Food Shortages and Attacks by Extremists, Insurgents: Koren, Ore, Author. Link
  • Why Insurgents Kill Civilians in Capital Cities: A Disaggregated Analysis of Mechanisms and Trends: Koren, Ore, Political Geography, 61 237-252, 2017. Link
  • Letter to the editor: Koren, Ore, The Economist, Aug. 24, 2017. Link
  • Food Abundance and Violent Conflict in Africa: Koren, Ore, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Forthcoming. Link
Awards
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow, The Dickey Center, Dartmouth College, September 2017 - June 2018
  • Jennings Randolph Dissertation Fellowship, U.S. Institute for Peace, September 2016 - June 2017