Media & Essays

Places – usually not included below – where I have blogged at one time or another include Mideast Matrix and


The anti-Trump ‘Lights for Liberty’ events might be the most significant protests you’ve never heard of,” The Washington Post, July 31, 2019. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth, Tommy Leung, and Nathan Perkins)

Video of interview on Trump administration’s Bahrain workshop, Al-Jazeera English, June 25, 2019. (June 24 EST)

Turnout at last weekend’s impeachment marches was modest. Why?,” The Washington Post, June 24, 2019. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth, Tommy Leung, and Nathan Perkins)

H-Diplo Article Review 861- Pressman on Daigle. “Beyond Camp David: Jimmy Carter, Palestinian Self-Determination, and Human Rights.” ,” H-Diplo/ISSF, June 4, 2019.

Trump’s Golan Heights tweet disregards decades of U.S. commitment to U.N. resolutions,” The Washington Post, March 22, 2019.

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

Article Review Forum 110 on ‘Why did the United States Invade Iraq in 2003?’,” H-Diplo/ISSF, February 20, 2019.

Do British sources influence US opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?,” British Politics and Policy (an LSE Blog), February 15, 2019. (co-authored with Matthew Leep)

The 2019 Women’s March was bigger than you think,” The Washington Post, February 1, 2019. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)


The Iraqi Humans at the Heart of Conflict,” Political Violence @ a Glance, December 22, 2018.

3 ways to look at August’s protests — and 2 charts showing all protests since January 2018,” The Washington Post, November 12, 2018. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

In July, the Trump-era wave of protests started taking a back seat to campaign rallies,” The Washington Post, October 19, 2018. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

Millions of protesters turned out in June — more than in any month since Trump’s inauguration,” The Washington Post, August 31, 2018. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

The National School Walkout of March 14, 2018,” Extensions, Summer 2018.

Tens of thousands of people protested in April and May — on topics like gun violence, labor rights and science,” The Washington Post, August 1, 2018. (co-authored with Kanisha Bond and Erica Chenoweth)

We Must Protect Immigrant Children’s Rights,” The Hartford Courant, June 17, 2018. (co-authored with S. Megan Berthold and Kathryn Libal)

These are the four largest protests since Trump was inaugurated,” The Washington Post, May 31, 2018. (co-authored with Jenna Arnold, Kanisha Bond, and Erica Chenoweth)

Quoted in “Resisting Trump in a bright red state,” PBS NewsHour, April 23, 2018. [story by Associated Press]

Quoted in “How Natalie Portman became the latest Israel-Palestine flashpoint,” Vox, April 23, 2018.

Did you attend the March for Our Lives? Here’s what it looked like nationwide,” The Washington Post, April 13, 2018. (co-authored with Kanisha Bond and Erica Chenoweth)

New count of U.S. protests shows more than 300 separate rallies against gun violence in Feb,” The Washington Post, March 30, 2018. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

January’s Women’s March brought out more than a million people — and many more also protested during the month,” The Washington Post, February 26, 2018. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

The Women’s March could change politics like the Tea Party did,” The Guardian, January 31, 2018. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

In December, thousands of Americans protested against the tax plan, for DACA and about all the other usual suspects,” The Washington Post, January 25, 2018. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

One year after the Women’s March on Washington, people are still protesting en masse. A lot. We’ve counted,” The Washington Post, January 21, 2018. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

Articles by others on our counting the Women’s March of January 20-21, 2018 include:
Women In 2018: A Look At The Polls,” Forbes, March 2, 2018.
Fighting the power: How protests can affect elections,” Economist, January 26, 2018.
The coming election is going to be a tidal wave of women running for office,” Salon, January 25, 2018.
A year after the first Women’s March, millions are still actively protesting Trump,” Vox, January 23, 2018.


The Republican tax bill spurred more than 120 public protests in November,” The Washington Post, December 29, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

Decision Forfeits Key Bargaining Chip,” The Hartford Courant, December 10, 2017.

Trump’s rhetoric on Jerusalem tells us a lot about what kind of Israeli-Palestinian proposal he’ll deliver,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), December 8, 2017.

Quoted in “Trump avisa que declarará a Jerusalén capital de Israel y agudiza la crisis en la región,” Clarin (Argentina), December 5, 2017.

Trump’s attacks on #TakeaKnee and DACA spurred hundreds of protests in October,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), December 1, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

Sometimes a handful of protesters can spark an enormous discussion. That certainly happened in September,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), November 1, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

The Scramble: Voter Data; Iran; NFL,” The Colin McEnroe Show, WNPR, October 16, 2017. (radio)

Last month, 83% of U.S. protests were against Trump,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), September 28, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

Defending Obamacare, cheering President Trump, opposing animal cruelty: Here’s who rallied in July and why,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), August 21, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth and Emily Kalah Gade)

More people in the U.S. protested in June than in any month since the January Women’s Marches,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), July 25, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth and Devin Finn)

In Trump’s America, who’s protesting and why? Here’s our May report,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), June 26, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth and Erica Macdonald)

Diplomat in chief: How did Trump do on his first Middle East visit?,” The Conversation, May 26, 2017.

New data shows a sharp increase in U.S. protest activity in April,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), May 22, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth, Evan Perkoski, and Ches Thurber)

In Trump’s America, who’s protesting and why? Here’s our March report,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), April 24, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth, David Prater, Ches Thurber, and Stephen Zunes)

In Trump’s America, who’s protesting and why? Here’s our February report,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), April 5, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth, Jonathan Pinckney, and Stephen Zunes)

Quoted in “Conflicto palestino israelí: Trump deja a un lado la solución de los dos Estados,” Clarin (Argentina), February 15, 2017.

This is what we learned by counting the women’s marches,” The Washington Post (Monkey Cage), February 7, 2017. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth)

Articles by others on our counting the Women’s March of January 21, 2017 include:
The Exhausting Work of Tallying America’s Largest Protest,” The Atlantic, January 23, 2017.
The Women’s Marches may have been the largest demonstration in US history,” Vox, January 31, 2017.
Turns Out Attendance at Women’s March Events Was Bigger Than Estimated,” Fortune, January 23, 2017.
How Is GIS Being Used To Map Resistance And Political Protests?,” Forbes, January 31, 2017.
Just How Big Was The 2017 Women’s March?,” Huffington Post, February 1, 2017.
See Just How Big Over 200 Women’s Marches Were All Across the Country,” Time, January 25, 2017.
More than 1 in 100 Americans marched against Donald Trump Saturday, say political scientists,” Yahoo, January 22, 2017.
More than 3 million people believed to have protested on the day after Trump’s inauguration,” Business Insider, January 25, 2017.
Women’s March may have been largest 1-day protest in U.S. history,” Digital Journal, January 23, 2017.
These Researchers Are Counting Crowds For All U.S. Protests,” Vocativ, February 9, 2017.


Obama and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” E-International Relations, July 14, 2016.

Israel-Palestine: Questioning a Confederal Solution,” Political Violence @ a Glance, May 11, 2016.


An expert explains Jerusalem’s growing violence — and how it could get worse,”, October 14, 2015. (interview)

Quoted in “What’s Behind the Latest Israeli-Palestinian Violence,” The Daily Signal, October 14, 2015.

Netanyahu’s Stance on Palestinian Statehood,” Where We Live, WNPR, March 20, 2015. (radio)


Quoted in “3 theories for why an Obama official called Israel’s Prime Minister ‘chicken shit’,”, October 29, 2014.

Quoted in “The Gaza war is over. Here’s what it means for the future of Israel-Palestine,”, August 27, 2014.

Defeating Hamas will not solve Israel’s problem,”, August 11, 2014.

Israel’s Strategic Goal,” Political Violence @ a Glance, August 5, 2014.

Iraq War Veterans Reflect on New Crisis,” Where We Live, WNPR, June 16, 2014. (radio)

Quoted in “Obama wades into Palestine-Israel talks,” Al-Jazeera, March 16, 2014.


The Middle East’s ‘Combatants For Peace’,” Where We Live, WNPR, October 2, 2013. (radio)

How Abbas Can Recognize A ‘Jewish State’ While Preserving Palestinian Rights,” The Daily Beast, August 14, 2013.

The Coup in Egypt,” The Monkey Cage, July 3, 2013.

If Pundits Can Agree about Syria, Why Won’t the U.S. Act?The Monkey Cage, January 25, 2013.

2012 and earlier

Sharpening Research Questions on Twitter,” The Monkey Cage, December 22, 2012.

Will Obama Pursue Israeli-Palestinian Peace?” The Monkey Cage, November 9, 2012.

Do Israel and the United States Share Values?” The Monkey Cage, October 31, 2012. [Later quoted here]

Quoted in “Goals are similar, but styles differ,” Boston Globe, October 23, 2012.

Misperceptions, Foreign Policy, and Iran,” The Monkey Cage, March 1, 2012. (with Stephen B. Dyson)

Will the US Restrain Israel on Iran? Unlikely.,” The Monkey Cage, February 7, 2012.

Arab Spring Revisited,” UConn Today, February 6, 2012.

The Idea of American Exceptionalism & US Intervention,” December 30, 2011.

Israel losing its fearsome military reputation,” Sydney Morning Herald, June 4, 2010.

Flotilla fiasco may create major setback for Israel,” The Drum (Australian Broadcasting), June 1, 2010.

The Best Hope – Still?” The Boston Review, July/August 2009.

“Rethinking Transnational Counterterrorism: Beyond a National Framework,” The Washington Quarterly 30:4 (2007), pp. 63-73.

Back to the Future,” The Boston Review, July/August 2007. (with Robert Blecher)

Lost Opportunities,”  The Boston Review, December 2004/January 2005. [Book Review of Dennis Ross, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace]

“Leaderless Resistance: The Next Threat?” Current History, December 2003.