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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on a screen, speaks via videoconference

AP/Michel Euler

Journal Article - International Organization

Does More Equality for Women Mean Less War? Rethinking Sex and Gender Inequality and Political Violence

| 2021

Recent world events, such as the rise of hypermasculine authoritarian leaders, have shown the importance of both sex and gender for understanding international politics. However, quantitative researchers of conflict have long relegated the study of sex and gender inequality as a cause of war to a specialized group of scholars, despite overwhelming evidence that the connections are profound and consequential. In this review essay, the authors demonstrate the tremendous progress made in this field by analyzing a wave of research that examines the relationships between sex and gender inequality and war.

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms Third Class Danielle Hinchliff, right, of Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, helps carry a mock wounded person

AP/Gerry Broome

Journal Article - Journal of Conflict Resolution

At War and at Home: The Consequences of US Women Combat Casualties

| 2020

What are the consequences of women dying in combat? The authors study how women fighting on the frontlines of the military affects public attitudes toward (1) military conflict and (2) women’s equality. We demonstrate through a series of survey experiments that women dying in combat does not reduce public support for war. However, women’s combat deaths do shape perceptions of women’s equality

An aerial view of the main entrance to the Cite Soleil area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

Book - Cambridge University Press

Lynching and Local Justice: Legitimacy and Accountability in Weak States

| September 2020

In Lynching and Local Justice: Legitimacy and Accountability in Weak States, Danielle F. Jung and Dara Kay Cohen argue that lynching emerges when neither the state nor its challengers have a monopoly over legitimate authority.

- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Newsletter

Spotlight: Dara Kay Cohen

| Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Dara Kay Cohen is a Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy at HKS. Her research spans international relations, including international security, civil war and the dynamics of violence, and gender and conflict. Her first book, Rape During Civil War, received several awards, including the 2017 Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award from the American Political Science Association. Cohen is also the recipient of the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award from the International Security Studies Section (ISSS) of the International Studies Association. Her current project is focused on the intersection of political violence, public opinion, and gender in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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Announcement - International Security Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Dara Kay Cohen and Former International Security Program Fellows to be Honored at 2019 International Studies Association Annual Meeting

Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy Dara Kay Cohen, an International Security Program (ISP) Faculty Affiliate, and three former ISP Fellows, Ahsan I. Butt, Rachel Elizabeth Whitlark, and Ketian Zhang, will receive International Security Studies Section awards at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association (ISA) in Toronto, Canada, in March 2019.

From left, Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., gather before a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The Way Kavanaugh’s Supporters Are Talking About Sexual Assault Allegations Can Be Dangerous, Our New Study Finds

  • Matthew A Baum
  • Susanne Schwarz
  • Yuri M. Zhukov
| Sep. 27, 2018

According to Politico, a White House lawyer said, in response to Dr. Ford’s allegations, “If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried.” The link our research reveals between such rape culture attitudes and actual sexual assault suggests excusing sexually violent behavior or normalizing sexual assault allegations as something all men do may encourage a culture of impunity that increases sexual assault without consequences.