Media & Essays

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

2021

Quoted in “Debate rages over whether race had role in police response to Capitol riot,” ABC News, February 23, 2021.

The Trump years launched the biggest sustained protest movement in U.S. history. It’s not over,” The Washington Post, February 8, 2021. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth, Tommy Leung, Nathan Perkins, and Jay Ulfelder)

CCC cited in Rahul Mukherjee, “Thousands of pro-Trump crowds have gathered since he took office. No state has had more than California,” Los Angeles Times, January 20, 2021.

“Jeremy Pressman & Mira Sucharov with Daniel C. Kurtzer (podcast): Israel-Palestine,” an interview on Town Hall Seattle’s In The Moment, January 18, 2021. (60 minutes)

“The sword is not enough,” an interview on The New Books Network, January 7, 2021. (55 minutes)

2020

Pompeo just visited the West Bank. That’s likely to deepen the partisan division over Israel-Palestine,” The Washington Post, November 19, 2020. (co-authored with Dov Waxman)

Interview – Jeremy Pressman,” E-International Relations (E-IR), November 13, 2020. On my new book, counting protests, and thoughts as a political scientist.

Talk (video,) on The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force, sponsored by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center and co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Middle East Development, November 10, 2020.

Now can we Turn the corner on Trump and Netanyahu’s Mistaken Preference for Force and Coercion?,” Informed Comment, November 9, 2020.

Quoted in “Foreign Policy Gets Little Attention but Still Looms Over the Election ,” Courthouse News Service, October 31, 2020.

Vote! Voting is a right that must be exercised to be preserved,” The CT Mirror, October 20, 2020. (co-authored with Thomas Hayes)

Letter to the Editor, New York Times, October 16, 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)

Were the Bahrain-Israel and Israel-UAE agreements historic deals?,” International History (@LSE), September 30, 2020.

What Do the Bahrain-Israel-UAE Agreements Mean?,” Political Violence @ a Glance, September 22, 2020.

“Ending Wars Peacefully,” a TLV1 interview on The sword is not enough, September 21, 2020. (41 minutes)

The sword is not enough book launch video, August 31, 2020.

CCC arrests data cited in “These Black Lives Matter Protesters Had No Idea How One Arrest Could Alter Their Lives,” Time, August 19, 2020.

Quoted in “Smaller Communities Join in Anti-Racism Demonstrations,” United Methodist Insight, July 9, 2020.

Black Lives Matter beyond America’s big cities,” The Washington Post, July 8, 2020. (co-authored with Lara Putnam and Erica Chenoweth)

Quoted in “How Protests Spread to Small-Town America,” Governing, June 16, 2020.

CCC cited in “One Big Difference About George Floyd Protests: Many White Faces ,” New York Times, June 12, 2020.

Quoted in “Tracking Protests: UConn Professor Analyzing Data on Nationwide Protests ,” NBC Connecticut, June 11, 2020.

Quoted in “Researchers asked hundreds of George Floyd protesters about the 2020 election. All said they’d vote for Biden over Trump or anyone else,” Business Insider, June 9, 2020.

The Floyd protests are the broadest in U.S. history — and are spreading to white, small-town America,” The Washington Post, June 6, 2020. (co-authored with Lara Putnam and Erica Chenoweth)

Map” of #GeorgeFloyd protests based on CCC data, June 3, 2020 (in German). Or this article and map in the New York Times, July 3, 2020.

Media coverage has blown anti-lockdown protests out of proportion ,” Vox, May 10, 2020. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth, Tommy Leung, Lara Putnam, and Nathan Perkins)

Letter to the Editor, New York Times, May 10, 2020.

The global pandemic has spawned new forms of activism – and they’re flourishing,” The Guardian, April 20, 2020. (co-authored with Erica Chenoweth, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Felipe G. Santos, and Jay Ulfelder)

Quoted in “How coronavirus changed college for 14 million students,” CNBC, March 26, 2020. (video)

Letter to the Editor, New York Times, January 23, 2020.

Quoted in “Toned down Women’s March rallies set for Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford,” Connecticut Post, January 17, 2020.

Quoted in “Women’s March Connecticut to hold press conferences instead of a march this year,” Hartford Courant, January 17, 2020.

Quoted in “‘Nobody needs another pink hat’: Why the Women’s March is struggling for relevance,” Washington Post, January 12, 2020.

Quoted in “CT reacts to killing of Iranian military leader,” Middletown Press, January 3, 2020.

2019

What If? Missed Opportunities in the Carter Administration,” Texas National Security Review, December 19, 2019.

Quoted in “Why aren’t people taking to the streets for impeachment?,” Boston Globe, October 24, 2019.

Quoted in “After rush-hour traffic disruptions, D.C. protesters look to escalate tactics,” Washington Post, October 24, 2019.

Israel, Palestine, and the Perpetual Denial of Nationalist Claims,” Political Violence @ a Glance, October 10, 2019. (co-authored with Evan Perkoski)

Articles by others on our counting the Climate Strike of September 20, 2019 include:
Friday’s global strike was likely the largest climate rally ever,” USA Today, September 21, 2019.
How big was the global climate strike? 4 million people, activists estimate,” Vox, September 20, 2019.

Book review of Sunaina Maira, Boycott! The Academy and Justice for Palestine (Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018) in International Journal of Middle East Studies 51:3 (2019), pp. 511-513.

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)

2018

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.

2017

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)

Book review of Elie Podeh, Chances for Peace: Missed Opportunities in the Arab–Israeli Conflict (Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press, 2015) in International Journal of Middle East Studies 49:4 (2017), pp. 785-786.

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.

2016

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.

2015

Book review of John Quigley, The Six-Day War and Israeli Self-Defense: Questioning the Legal Basis for Preventive (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013) in International Journal of Middle East Studies 47:4 (2015), pp. 843-844.

An expert explains Jerusalem’s growing violence — and how it could get worse,” Vox.com, 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)

2014

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

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

Defeating Hamas will not solve Israel’s problem,” Forward.com, 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.

2013

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]

“Admitting Mistakes About the War,” Letter to the Editor, New York Times, July 17, 2004.

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