Jeremy Pressman


Political Science


Crowd Counting Consortium

Middle East Studies

Twitter: @djpressman

Jeremy Pressman studies international relations, protests, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Middle East politics, and U.S. foreign policy. Pressman has held fellowships at Harvard University, the University of Sydney, the Humanities Institute at the University of Connecticut, and the Norwegian Nobel Institute where he was a Fulbright fellow. Pressman previously worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


The sword is not enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the limits of military force (Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, forthcoming 2020).

Reviews and interviews on The sword is not enough

Warring Friends: Alliance Restraint in International Politics (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008). Part of Cornell Studies in Security Affairs.

Point of No Return: The Deadly Struggle for Middle East Peace, with Geoffrey Kemp (Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 1997). Arabic translation published in 1999.

Articles (Refereed)

Gender Imbalance in Expert Testimony at U.S. Senate Hearings,” The Forum 18:2 (2020), pp. 197-205.

The Science of Contemporary Street Protest: New Efforts in the United States,” Science Advances, online: October 23, 2019. (With Dana R. Fisher, Kenneth T. Andrews, Neal Caren, Erica Chenoweth, Michael T. Heaney, Tommy Leung, and L. Nathan Perkins)

History in conflict: Israeli–Palestinian speeches at the United Nations, 1998–2016,” Mediterranean Politics 25, no. 4 (2020), pp. 476-498. Published online: March 28, 2019.

Foreign Cues and Public Views on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” The British Journal of Politics and International Relations 21, no. 1 (February 2019), pp. 169-188. Online: November 21, 2018. (Co-authored with Matthew Leep)

Horizontal Inequality and Violent Unrest in Jerusalem,” Terrorism and Political Violence 32, no. 6 (2020), pp. 1161-1185. Published online: May 17, 2018.

“Throwing Stones in Social Science: Nonviolence, Unarmed Violence, and the First Intifada,” Cooperation & Conflict, (2017), 52, no. 4 (December 2017), pp. 519-536

American Engagement and the pathways to Arab-Israeli peace,” Cooperation & Conflict, 49, no. 4 (December 2014), pp. 536-553.

Explaining the Carter administration’s Israeli-Palestinian Solution,” Diplomatic History 37, no. 5 (November 2013), pp. 1117-1147.

“Negotiating the Promised Land: The End of Innocence?” Israel Studies Forum 25, no. 1 (June 2010), pp. 88-98.

“Power without Influence: The Bush Administration’s Foreign Policy Failure in the Middle East,” International Security 33, no. 4 (Spring 2009), pp. 149-179.

“The Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Case of The Lemon Tree.International Studies Perspectives 9, no. 4 (November 2008), pp. 430-441.

“Mediation, Domestic Politics, and the Israeli-Syrian Negotiations, 1991-2000,” Security Studies 16, no. 3 (July-September, 2007), pp. 350-381.

“Israeli Unilateralism and Israeli-Palestinian Relations, 2001-2006,” International Studies Perspectives 7, no. 4 (November, 2006), pp. 360-376.

“Historical Schools and Political Science: An Arab-Israeli History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” Perspectives on Politics 3, no. 3 (September, 2005), pp. 577-582.

Visions in Collision: What Happened at Camp David and Taba?” International Security 28, no. 2 (Fall, 2003), pp. 5-43.

The Second Intifada: An Early Look at the Background and Causes of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” Journal of Conflict Studies 22, no. 2 (Fall, 2003), pp. 114-141.

“September Statements, October Missiles, November Elections: Domestic Politics, Foreign-Policy Making, and the Cuban Missile Crisis,” Security Studies 10, no. 3 (Spring, 2001), pp. 80-114.

Chapters, Essays & Other Writing (Selected)

“Covid19 and Protest Repertoires in the United States: An initial description of limited change,” with Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Social Movement Studies 20:6 (2021), 766-733. Published online December 11, 2020.

This summer’s Black Lives Matter protesters were overwhelmingly peaceful, our research finds,” The Washington Post, October 16, 2020. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

Two-State Head, One-State Heart,” Boston Review, February 20, 2019. A review of Yossi Klein Halevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.

“Understanding the US-Israeli Alliance,” in Geoffrey F. Gresh and Tugrul Keskin, editors, US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From American Missionaries to the Islamic State (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 105-117.

“Same old story? Obama and the Arab Uprisings” in Mark Haas and David Lesch, eds., The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2012).

The Best Hope – Still?” Boston Review 34, no. 4, July/August 2009

“Modes of Iraqi Response to American Occupation,” in Davis Bobrow, ed., Hegemony Constrained: Evasion, Modification, and Resistance to American Foreign Policy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), pp. 20-40.

“From Madrid and Oslo to Camp David: the United States and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1991-2001” in David Lesch, ed., The Middle East and the United States: A Historical and Political Reassessment, 4th ed. (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2007), pp. 257-274.

“Rethinking Transnational Counterterrorism: Beyond a National Framework,” Washington Quarterly 30, no. 4, (Autumn 2007), pp. 63-73.

Back to the future: Israel’s existential crisis,” with Robert Blecher, Boston Review 32, no. 4 (July/August 2007), pp. 13-15

“A Brief History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” May 25, 2005, unpublished manuscript.

“Leaderless Resistance: the Next Threat?” Current History 102, no. 668 (December 2003), pp. 422-425.


Introduction to International Relations (POLS 1402)

Contemporary International Affairs (POLS 3402)

Arab-Israeli Conflict (POLS 3464)

International Security (POLS 5315) – graduate


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