Zohar Guy

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Guy Zohar
Degree
Ph.D
Email
guyzoharbiu@gmail.com
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Research subject

From Normal to Crazy States: Fanaticism in International Crises, 1918-2014

The dissertation “From Normal to Crazy States: Fanaticism in International Crises, 1918-2014”, under the supervision of Dr. Hemda Ben-Yehuda, explores fanaticism and its impact on crises severity in the last century. It integrates three research methods: (1) a quantitative comparative analysis of six countries: the US, Russia and its predecessor the Soviet Union, Germany, Japan, Israel, and Iran. (2) a qualitative exploration of two major international crises, one historical, the 1938 Munich agreement concerning the fate of the Sudetenland, and one contemporary, the 2014-15 Ukrainian confrontation. (3) Simulations as an experimental lab of fanaticism and crisis severity. The study offers innovative contributions in four domains. Theoretically, it presents a new typology of fanaticism and model of crisis severity. Methodologically, it operationalizes fanaticism by the use of objective-operational indicators in order to identify and classify fanatic actors in world politics. The study also utilizes simulations together with quantitative and qualitative methods to gain a thorough understanding and cumulative insights into the study of fanaticism. Empirically, it examines different actors across different periods of time and regions, determining a country's roguery status regardless of political labels related to religion, culture or regime. Finally, from a policy perspective, fanaticism indicators can be used by decision-makers to identify fanatic actors in the global system, trace their patterns of crisis behavior, and even hopefully plan and implement actions again them.

Publications

ARTICLES IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

“Fanaticism through the Looking Glass of Simulations”. (Co-Authored with Hemda Ben-Yehuda). 2018. Journal of Political Science Education 14 (2): 197-221. https://doi.org/10.1080/15512169.2017.1418367

PAPERS PRESENTED AT SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCES

“Reactions to Fanaticism in Experimental Learning: A World Politics Simulations Dataset” (Co-Authored with Hemda Ben-Yehuda). Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, April 4-7, 2018. 

“Lessons from Simulations of Regional Crises for the Study of Fanaticism and Peace” (Co-Authored with Hemda Ben-Yehuda). Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia. March 16-19, 2016.

“Catalytic Events, Internal Strife, Media Coverage and Fanaticism: The 2014 Ukrainian Crisis” (Co-Authored with Hemda Ben-Yehuda and Hanna Fital). Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana. February 18-21, 2015.

“Simulation and Reality: Revisiting the 1938 Munich Crisis from the German Perspective”. Presented at the International Studies Association Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana. February 18-21, 2015.

“Fanaticism in International Crises: Germany 1918-1945” (Co-Authored with Hemda Ben-Yehuda). Presented at the Global International Studies Convention, Frankfurt, Germany. August 6-9, 2014.