Dr. Ronit Berger

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy & Strategy

Areas of expertise

  • Born and raised in Israel. Following her military service, she graduated from Tel Aviv University with a degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Arts History in 2008. Whilst practicing law at a private firm focusing on companies’ law, she pursued a Masters of Arts in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC), Israel. During her years of study, Ronit participated in study abroad programs in Ireland, France and Italy. After several years of practicing law, Ronit went on to work at the IDC as a researcher and teaching assistant, focusing on her main fields of interest: civil wars and terrorism, conflict resolution processes and leadership studies. Getting a PhD at the Maxwell school was the next logical step. In her dissertation, Ronit developed a new dynamic levels-of-analysis framework to explain conflict transformation processes focusing on individual leaders, organizational dynamics, and structural opportunities and constraints. Conducting a study of the Republican Movement in Ireland, she argued that the success of conflict transformation processes is conditioned by a sequence of specific combinations of factors at the three levels.

  • Blunders and Blame: How Armed Non-State Actors React to Their Mistakes (2016)– Studies in Conflict and Terrorism (forthcoming, available online since July 2016) - With Ioana Emy Matesan Say Terrorist, Think Insurgent: 


    Labeling and Analyzing Contemporary Terrorist Actors (2014) – Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol. 8 (5) - With Assaf Moghadam and Polina Beliakova. 


    Book review: Civil Resistance and Conflict Transformation: Transitions from Armed to Nonviolent Struggle by Véronique Dudouet, ed., Democracy and Security (forthcoming)