Iris Malone is a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science department at Stanford University. Her research examines the strategic interaction between states and militant organizations.
Her dissertation, “Insurgency Formation and Civil War Onset,” examines why some militant groups become insurgencies while others do not. In contrast to previous explanations predicated on state power, this project proposes a new mechanism to explain civil war onset. It suggests that informational asymmetries about militant groups can sometimes lead governments to miscalculate and choose inappropriate counterinsurgency responses.