Ora Szekely


Insurgent Women: Female Combatants in Civil Wars. With Jessica Trisko Darden and Alexis Henshaw. (2019). Georgetown University Press.

Women’s participation in asymmetric violence and civil war is both widespread and tremendously varied. In this book, we examine the multiple dimensions of women’s participation in armed conflict in Ukraine, Colombia, and the Kurdish regions of Turkey, Syria and Iraq.


The Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East: Resources, Relationships, and Resistance. (2016). Palgrave Macmillan.

Why is it that multiple nonstate armed groups, fighting the same adversary, on the same territory, experience very different outcomes, even when they have access so similar resources? By comparing the experiences of the PLO, Amal, Hizbullah and Hamas, I argue that the roots of an organization’s ability to survive its confrontations with far more powerful adversaries lie in its foreign and domestic policy choices.  Based on field research (including interviews) I find that the strategies which organizations use to obtain both tangible and intangible resources are ultimately just as important as the resources themselves.