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Dr Raphael Marcus

Visiting Research Fellow

Research interests

  • Conflict and security


Raphael D. Marcus is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies at King's College London, where he received his PhD. He is also affiliated with the College's Insurgency Research Group, where his research interests include Middle East security issues, crime and terrorism, military affairs, and organizational learning. He is currently working as an intelligence and counterterrorism analyst at a law enforcement agency.

He is the author of Israel’s Long War with Hezbollah: Military Innovation and Adaptation Under Fire published by Georgetown University Press in 2018. This book is the first complete military history of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict, and analyzes ongoing processes of strategic and operational innovation and adaptation by both sides throughout the guerrilla conflict.


Areas of Expertise

  • Middle East Security and Politics
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Hezbollah
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Organizational Learning
  • Military Affairs
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency




Journal Articles/Chapters/Reports:

  • Raphael D. Marcus, “ISIS and the Crime-Terror Nexus in America” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (May 2021), 1-26.
  • Raphael D. Marcus, ISIS and the Crime-Terror Nexus in America: A Counterpoint to Europe. New York: Center on National Security, Fordham Law School, December 2020.
  • Raphael D. Marcus, “Lone Actor Terrorism” in Scott Romaniuk, Clarence Martin, and Scott Catino (eds.) The Handbook of Homeland Security, New York: Taylor & Francis-CRC Press, (forthcoming, 2021)
  • Raphael D. Marcus, “Hizbullah” in Andrew Silke (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Terrorism and Counterterrorism, London: Routledge, 2018, chap. 26, 302-314. [Link]
  • Raphael D. Marcus, “‘Learning Under Fire’: Israel’s Improvised Military Adaptation to Hamas Tunnel Warfare” Journal of Strategic Studies 42, no. 3-4 (Apr. 2017), 344-370.
  • Raphael D. Marcus, “The Israeli Revolution in Military Affairs and the Road to the 2006 Lebanon War” in Jeffrey Collins and Andrew Futter (eds.) Reassessing the Revolution in Military Affairs: Transformation, Evolution, and Lessons Learnt. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015, 92-111. [Link]
  • Raphael D. Marcus, “Military Innovation and Tactical Adaptation in the Israel-Hizballah Conflict: The Institutionalization of Lesson-Learning in the IDF” Journal of Strategic Studies 38, no. 4 (Aug. 2014), 500-528.

Book Reviews:

  • Raphael D. Marcus, “Nonstate Warfare: The Military Methods of Guerillas, Warlords, and Militias, by Stephen Biddle” Israel Affairs (forthcoming, 2021)
  • Raphael D. Marcus, “Hezbollah: Mobilization and Power, by Aurelie Daher” War in History 28 no. 3 (July 2021), 710-711.
  • Raphael D. Marcus “Israeli National Security: A New Strategy for an Era of Change, by Charles Freilich” International Affairs 95 no. 6, (Nov. 2019), 1463-1464.
  • Raphael D. Marcus “Armies of Sand: The Past, Present, and Future of Arab Military Effectiveness, by Kenneth Pollack” International Affairs 95, no. 4 (July 2019), 951-952
  • Raphael D. Marcus, “On Flexibility: Recovering from Technological and Doctrinal Surprise on the Battlefield, by Meir Finkel” Parameters: Journal of the US Army War College 44, no. 1 (Spring 2014), 146-148.

Newspaper Articles:

  • “Are Israel and Hizbollah on the Brink of War?” The Telegraph, January 20, 2015.
  • “Are Israel and Hizbollah Prepared for War?” The Telegraph, January 29, 2015.
  • “How Will Hizbollah Respond to the Assassination of one of its Commanders in Syria?” The Telegraph, December 22, 2015.