Reichard Ariel

I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Tel Aviv University, specializing in political violence (especially terrorism and counter-terrorism policies), different strategies of peace-making, the role of propaganda in modern international relations, and dictators’ survival strategies, all with a particular emphasis on the middle-East and Africa (MENA) regions. In addition I also study Israeli decision-making in war and peace.

My research has been published in recognized academic journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Comparative Strategy and the journal of Middle-East and Africa, as well as numerous other publications.

In the past years I served as a Teaching Assistant for Modern Strategy (third-year course) and Scientific and Academic Writing (First-year course). I hold a double M.A. in Security studies and conflict resolution (with Distinction) and a B.A. in international relations.


“The Usefulness of Examining Terrorists’ Rhetoric for Understanding the Nature of Different Terror Groups,” Terrorism and Political Violence, February 14, 2017, (with Dr. Or Honig)

“Evidence-Fabricating in Asymmetric Conflicts: How Weak Actors Prove False Propaganda Narratives,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Vol. 41, No. 4 (2018), pp. 297-318, (with Dr. Or Honig)

“Coercing Dictators to Abdicate Power: A Guide for Military Powers,” Comparative Strategy, Vol. 34, No 4 (2015), pp. 330-344, (with Dr. Or Honig)

“Realism or Radicalism: Explaining Autocratic Rulers’ Strategic Choices Following Military Defeats in the Middle East,” The Journal of Middle-East and Africa, Vol. 6, No. 2 (2015), pp. 125-146, (with Dr. Or Honig)

“Fighting Terrorism: Lessons from Sri Lanka,” Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, Vol. 7, No. 3 (2013), pp. 95-105,

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