BOOK PROJECT

Improvising Insurgency:THE EVOLUTION OF PALESTINIAN MILITANT GROUPS IN WARTIME LEBANON

My book project, titled Improvising Insurgency: The Evolution of Palestinian Militant Groups in Wartime Lebanon, examines how militant organizations adapt in wartime and explores the social underpinnings of rebel resilience. Focusing on late 20th century Lebanon, it traces shifts in Palestinian militant groups’ organizational structures and internal practices during civil war and foreign occupation. Drawing on nearly two years of ethnographic and archival research in Palestinian and Lebanese communities, it specifically examines the emergence of new organizational forms such as smuggling networks and personalized militias in response to regional conflict environments. In doing so, it addresses central topics in the study of military organizations, including discipline, collaboration, deployment of nonviolent tactics, and gender. Moreover, by building on interviews with multiple generations of Palestinian activists, the book underscores how tactics such as infiltration and siege fundamentally altered community-level relationships. Improvising Insurgency thus makes fresh contributions to political violence scholarship, provides readers with new perspectives on a critical period in Middle East politics, and breaks new ground in its blending of ethnographic and social network methodologies.