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Social Cohesion And Community Displacement In Armed Conflict

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Virtual Event

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 12:30-1:45 p.m. EST Virtual Event

Please join the Human Rights Institute for a lunchtime seminar with Michael Rubin entitled: "Social Cohesion and Community Displacement in Armed Conflict: Evidence from Palestinian Villages in the 1948 War."

During armed conflict, why do some communities evacuate their village to evade civilian-targeted violence, while others remain despite the risks? We argue that community social cohesion, by facilitating collective action, enhances communities’ ability to mobilize preemptive evacuation to escape exposure to conflict violence. The argument is tested in the context of the 1948 War in Mandate Palestine (Israel’s independence/Palestinian al-Nakba) drawing upon detailed historical accounts of displacement in each Arab Palestinian village in which it occurred (Khalidi and Elmusa 1992; Morris 1987) and new original data coded from archival material that records pre-war social, political, and economic conditions in Arab Palestinian villages. Click here for the full paper:

Dr. Michael Rubin is an Asst. Research Professor in the Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut, jointly appointed with the Schools of Engineering and Business in support of the university’s Engineering for Human Rights Initiative and Business and Human Rights Initiative. His research investigates armed conflict processes and political violence, informing policy solutions to reduce the human suffering they generate. For more information, please visit Michael’s personal website:

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This event is co-sponsored by the Human Rights Institute, Global Affairs, Middle East Studies, Judaic Studies, and the Political Science Department.


Imge Akaslan,

Human Rights Institute (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dodd Human Rights Impact, Middle East Studies, Political Science, UConn Master Calendar

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