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Or Arthur Honig

Department of International Relations

Associate Professor


  1. 2009 Ph.D. - Political Science, UCLA
  2. 2006 M.A. - Political Science, UCLA
  3. 2003 M.A. - International Relations, Hebrew University
  4. 1999 B.A. - Middle East History, Haifa University

Teaching and Research Interests:

International Security, Geopolitics, American and European foreign policies, Middle East, Terrorism

Academic Appointments/Professional Experience


Associate Professor, Tokyo International University


Visiting Assistant Professor, Duke University


Assistant Professor, Tel Aviv University


Post-doctoral fellow, University of Calgary

Fellowship & Grants


Association for Middle East and Africa


University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation

Selected Publications/Conference Papers

“Explaining Who Succeeds in the Competition for Regional Dominance in the Contemporary Middle East.” Middle East Policy. With Joshua Arsenault.

“Elimination or Threat Management? Explaining the Variation in Israel’s Policies towards Terrorist Semi-states,” Terrorism & Political Violence, vol. 32, no. 5 (2020) With Ido Yahel.

“Perceptions and Misperceptions of Regime Stability and Iran’s Convoluted Rise to Regional Influence,” Digest of Middle East Studies. Vol. 26, No. 2 (Fall 2017), pp. 362–397. With Joshua Arsenault

“A Fifth Wave of Terrorism? The Emergence of Terrorist Semi-States.” Terrorism & Political Violence. With Ido Yahel.

“The Usefulness of Examining Terrorists’ Rhetoric for Understanding the Nature of Different Terror Groups,” Terrorism & Political Violence. With Ariel Reichard.

“Evidence-Fabricating in Asymmetric Conflicts: How Weak Actors Prove False Propaganda Narratives,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, vol. 41, no. 4 (April 2018). With Ariel Reichard.

“The Art of Subversive Conquest: How States Take Over Sovereign Territories without Using Military Force,” Comparative Strategy, vol. 36, no. 4 (November 2017). With Ido Yahel.

“The Father’s Success and the Son’s Failure: Explaining the Growth of Lebanon’s Resistance to Syria’s Invisible Occupation,” Digest of Middle East Studies, (2017). With Ido Yahel.

“Not Completely Blind: What Dictators Do to Improve Their Reading of the World,” Comparative Strategy, vol. 34, no. 4 (2017)). With Sarah Zimskind.

“The Spy Machine and the Ballot Box: Examining Democracies’ Advantage in the Field of Intelligence,” International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, vol. 30, no. 3 (May 2017), pp. 431-463. With Sarah Zimskind.

“Realism or Radicalism: Explaining Autocratic Rulers’ Strategic Choices following Military Defeats in the Middle East,” Journal of Middle East and Africa, vol. 6, no. 2 (July 2015), pp. 125-146. With Ariel Reichard.

“Coercing Dictators to Abdicate: A Guide for Military Powers,” Comparative Strategy, vol. 34, no. 4 (2015), pp. 330-344. With Ariel Reichard

Institute for International Strategy