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

Protesters forcing their way into the Capitol. Win McNamee/Getty Images News via Getty Images Editor’s note: Ore Koren is a scholar of civil conflict and political violence. Before the November 2020 election, he wrote a story for The Conversation about the likelihood of election-related violence in the U.S. So we went back to him on Wednesday, while what some are calling an insurrection unfolded at the U.S. Capitol, to ask him for some perspective on the event. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity. Q: You’re a scholar of political violence. What were you thinking as you watch…

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