Johan Brosché


Curriculum Vitae

Research | Teaching | Publications | Other

Research Areas 

Communal Conflicts; Conflict Complementarities; Causes of War; Causes of Peace; Common-Pool Resources; Elites; Field Work; Sudan and South Sudan.

Current Research

Since February 2014 I am employed as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. The research is carried out within four projects. 1). Causes of Peace – The Botswana, Malawi and Zambia “Zone of Peace” project funded by The Swedish Research Council (U-forsk). Botswana, Malawi and Zambia constitute a “Zone of Peace” spared from violent conflict since independence. The project aims to explain why peace has prevailed in these countries despite being located in the world’s most volatile continent with all their neighbors struck by conflict. 2). Demagogues of Hate or Shepherds of Peace? Why ‘Warlord Democrats’ (Re) securitize Wartime Identities a project that examines why some former commanders that enter politics incite fear and cement wartime cleavages whereas others do not. In this project, I am responsible for South Sudan. 3). Conflicts, Connections, Complexities: Towards a Multi-layered Understanding of Civil War. This project examines why some civil wars – like Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan – become complex interlinked patchworks of different conflict types while others do not. 4). Attacks on Cultural Heritages: Causes and Consequences Examined from a Multidisciplinary Perspective, which examines why cultural heritage sometimes are attacked during armed conflicts.


A core part of my current teaching responsibilities is that I am the course director of the Master course Causes of Peace. In addition, I am acting at supervisor and teacher at many courses at our department. In total, I have been teaching for more than 3000 hours. I have been assistant supervisor to PhD-candidates, and main supervisor to dozen of Masters and Bachelor students. I have also been course director and lecturer for numerous different courses. This teaching has taken place at all different academic levels (bachelor, master’s, doctoral) and at numerous different Universities in Sweden, Sudan and United States.



Masters of War: The Role of Elites in Sudan’s Communal Conflicts” (2014) Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University Press 

"Violent Conflict and Peacebuilding: The Continuing Crisis in Darfur" with Daniel Rothbart (2013) London and New York: Routledge

Sharing Power – Enabling Peace? Evaluating Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement 2005 (2009). (2009). New York and Uppsala: Mediation Support Unit, Department of Political Affairs, United Nations and Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Darfur - Dimensions and Dilemmas of a Complex Situation, (2008) Uppsala: Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University

Articles in Peer-reviewed Journals

Brosché, Johan and Allard Duursma (2017) “Hurdles to peace: a level-of-analysis approach to resolving Sudan’s civil wars” Third World Quarterly DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1333417

Brosché, J., M. Legnér, J. Kreutz, A. Ijla. 2017. “Heritage under attack: motives for targeting cultural property during armed conflictInternational Journal of Heritage Studies 23 (3) 248-260. 

Brosché, J. and K. Höglund (2016). "Crisis of Governance in South Sudan: Electoral Politics and Violence in the World's Newest Nation." Journal of Modern African Studies 54(1): 67-90.

A Responsibility to Talk: Mediation and Violence against Civilians.” with Joakim Kreutz (2013) Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, 19(1): 1-20

"Communal conflict, civil war, and the State: Complexities, connections, and the case of Sudan" with Emma Elfversson (2012) African Journal on Conflict Resolution, 12(1): 33-60

CPA – New Sudan, Old Sudan or Two Sudan? - A review of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement”, (2007) in Journal of African Policy Studies, 13(1): 27-61

Book chapters

Brosché, Johan and Kristine Höglund. 2017.”Riek Machar: Warlord-Doctor in South Sudan” in Anders Themnér (Ed.) Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics. London: Zed Books

Brosché, Johan and Kristine Höglund, 2015. "The Diversity of Peace in Africa." In SIPRI Yearbook 2015. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brosché, Johan. 2008. “CPA – New Sudan, Old Sudan or Two Sudan? - A review of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement” in Johansson Dahre (ed.) Post-Conflict Peace-Building in the Horn of Africa Lund University (this chapter was previously published as an article in Journal of African Policy Studies). 

Other articles

Johan Brosché and Kristine Höglund, 2016. ”Hur ska vi förstå det fredliga Malawi?” (How Should We Understand Malawi’s Peace?). Mänsklig säkerhet (Human Security), published online 2016-02-12,

Darfur: The Crisis Continues” (with Daniel Rothbart and Adeeb Yousif) (2013) in Beyond Intractability

Abyei: the Kashmir of Sudan” (2012) in New Routes Volume 17 No 2.

Debate articles 

Brosché, Johan; Kristine Höglund; Sebastian van Baalen “Jasaffären i Botswana strider mot Sveriges målSvenska Dagbladet 2017-03-24

Brosché, Johan; Linnéa Gelot; Henrik Fröjmark “Bildt sprider allvarliga fel” Svenska Dagbladet 2016-11-02

“Katastrof i Sydsudan måste förhindras” (with Ralph Sundberg) 2013-12-22 Brännpunkt Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish) English Title ”Catastrophe in South Sudan has to be prevented” 

“Syriens kris liknar den i Darfur” (with Samuel Taub) 2013-03-11 UNT-Debatt (in Swedish) English Title ”The Crisis in Syria Resembles the Crisis in Darfur”

"Varför ska allmänheten tro på Lundingruppens version?" 2012-03-22 DN-Debatt Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish) Enghlish title "Why should the general public believe the version of the Lundingroup?" main debate article in Sweden's largest morning paper.


Brosché, Johan. 2015. Causes of Communal Conflicts-Government Bias, Elites and Conditions for Cooperation Stockholm: Expert group for Aid Studies, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs 

"Ställ tuffa krav på Sydsudan" (with Ralph Sundberg) Arena April 2012, article discussing the situation in South Sudan after independence

"Good Understanding Enables Good Solution" (2011) in Peace Monitor Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society

"The Crises Continue Sudan’s Remaining Conflicts" (2011) ISPI Working Paper No. 41 October 2011

Darfur – Dimensioner och dilemman i en komplex situation” i konflikterna i Mellanöstern och Sudan (2009)– finns det lösningar? The Olof Palme International Center, (in Swedish)

Zambian Refugee Policy- Security, Repatriation and Local Integration” (2005) Minor Field Study No.24. Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University


Möller, Frida, Johan Brosché, Helena Grusell, Jonathan Hall, Daniel Strandow and Ralph Sundberg. 2006. International Conflict Preventive Measures Dataset 1993-2004. Uppsala Conflict Data Program. Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. 


Part of the Peace Agreement Evaluation Project (PAEP), a joint project between the Mediation Support Unit (MSU) at the Department of Political Affairs, United Nations and the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, Uppsala University February-December 2009

Part of the academic task force dealing with peace processes in Sudan at Uppsala University, this group has been set up in order to support the work of Visiting Professor Jan Eliasson, Ph.D. hc and the UNSG Special Envoy on Darfur. January 2007- June 2008.

Working as a project leader and research assistant within the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) at the Department for Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University August 2005-June 2008

Research Grants

Swedish research Council U-forsk (2013), “Causes of Peace–The Botswana, Zambia and Malawi ´Zone of Peace´4.3 million SEK granted for the 2014-2016 period (application written together with Kristine Höglund).

Swedish research Council (2007), “Communal Conflicts–Causes and Solutions” 2.1 million SEK granted for the 2008-2010 period (application written together with Peter Wallensteen and Joakim Kreutz).

The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (2007), “Darfur: Deepening Knowledge to Build Sustainable Policy” 287 000 SEK (application written together with Peter Wallensteen). 

Field Work 

Sudan and South Sudan (Khartoum, Juba, Malakal, Bor, Gedarif, and Nyala) over five months of field-research carried out between 2007 and 2013.

Zambia (Lusaka, Mungo, Meheba, and Mayukwayukwa) September-October 2004 Kenya (Nairobi) June 2009 

Johan Brosché

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