As protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, my first reaction was “I can’t believe this is happening.” Then my journalistic reflexes kicked in and I immediately thought “I need to get in touch with Ore Koren” to help explain what at the time seemed unthinkable, unfathomable and unreal.

Koren is an expert at Indiana University in political violence and civil conflict. I conducted an interview with him late yesterday afternoon, and while many things he said stuck with me, the one that haunts me is that “having a history of political violence is a pretty strong predictor of future violence.” Read his interview to gain perspective and see the hopeful part of what he said. My hope is that his analysis will help make yesterday’s events a little less unfathomable.

Also today:

Naomi Schalit

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

Protesters forcing their way into the Capitol. Win McNamee/Getty Images News via Getty Images

‘Once you engage in political violence, it becomes easier to do it again’ – an expert on political violence reflects on events at the Capitol

Naomi Schalit, The Conversation

A conflict scholar calls events at the U.S. Capitol 'a messy riot where people lashed out at the heart of American democracy.'

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