Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs

Assistant Professor

Research | Teaching | Publications | Other

Research Areas

My research areas include conflict resolution in intra-state armed conflicts, peace processes, rebel groups, weak states, post-war peace building and democratisation. From 2014, all my ongoing research projects are located at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI).


I am Programme Director for the Sida-funded International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa (PASA).


Doctoral thesis 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2007. From Rebellion to Politics: The Transformation of Rebel Groups to Political Parties in Civil War Peace Processes, Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (216 pages). 

Chapter in book 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi, 2014. ‘Bringing in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly into the Peace Fold: The Transformation of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces after the Lomé Peace Agreement’ in Roy Licklider (ed.), New Armies from Old: Merging Competing Military Forces after Civil Wars

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi, 2011. ‘From Rebel Groups to Political Parties: Renamo in Mozambique and RUF in Sierra Leone’ in Thomas Ohlson (ed.), From Intra-State War to Durable Peace: Conflict and its Resolution in Africa After the Cold War, Leiden: Republic of Letters Publishing. 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2009. ‘Peace through Democracy? The challenges of post-war democratization in weak and war-torn states’ in Ashok Swain, Ramses Amer and Joakim Öjendal (eds.), The Democratization Project: Opportunities and Challenges, London: Anthem Press, pp. 165–182 (18 pages) (Co-authored with Thomas Ohlson). 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi, 2008. ‘When Rebels Change Their Stripes: Armed Insurgents in Post-War Politics’, in Anna Jarstad and Timothy Sisk (eds.), From War to Democracy: Dilemmas of Peacebuilding, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 134–156 (23 pages). 

Article in journal 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. (2013). ‘Different Paths of Reconstruction: Military Reform in Post-War Sierra Leone and Liberia. International Peacekeeping 20(1): 2–16 (Co-authored with Desirée Nilsson). 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2011. ‘Revisiting an Elusive Concept: A Review of the Debate on Spoilers in Peace Processes’. International Studies Review 13(4): 606–626 (Co-authored with Desirée Nilsson). 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2010. ‘Beyond the Absence of War: The Diversity of Peace in Post-War Societies’, Review of International Studies 36(2): 367–390 (24 pages). (Co-authored with Kristine Höglund).

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2009. ‘The Predicament of Elections in War-Torn Societies’ Democratization 16(3): 530–577 (48 pages). (Co-authored with Kristine Höglund and Anna Jarstad). 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2005. ‘Breaking the Cycle of Violence? Promises and Pitfalls of the Liberian Peace Process’, Civil Wars 7(4): 396–414 (19 pages) (Co-authored with Desirée Nilsson). 

Conference papers (work in progress)

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. ‘Uncertainty, Competition and Violence in the 2007 Elections in Sierra Leone’. Paper presented at 4th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS) in Uppsala, 15–18 June 2011. 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. ‘Fractions, Followers and Friends: From Rebels to Statesmen in Civil Wars’. Paper presented at in-house seminar, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, December 2010. 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. ‘Between Violence and Democracy: Military-Political Organisations in Electoral Processes’. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association in San Francisco, 26–29 March 2008.

Other publications 

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2012. Electoral Violence in Africa. Policy Brief. Uppsala: The Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) (Co-authored with Eldridge Adolfo, Daniel Nyström and Mats Utas).

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2003. På Väg mot Fred i Liberia?, Världspolitikens Dagsfrågor, Stockholm: Utrikespolitiska Institutet, (31 pages). (Co-authored with Desirée Nilsson).

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2003. Democratisation and Armed Conflict in Weak States, Stockholm: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), (54 pages).(Conclusions co-authored with Thomas Ohlson).

Söderberg Kovacs, Mimmi. 2002. From Intra-state War to Democratic Peace in Weak States, Uppsala Peace Research Paper 5, Uppsala: Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (35 pages) (Co-authored with Thomas Ohlson). 


Visiting Scholar at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Cape Town, South Africa, April–June 2010

Visiting Guest Researcher at the African Centre for the Constructive reoslution of Disputes (ACCORD) in Durban, South Africa, January–March 2010

Pre-doctoral fellow with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Spring term 2004.

Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs

Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs
Assistant Professor

E-mail: Mimmi.Soderberg_Kovacs@pcr.uu.se
Fax: +46 (0)18-69 51 02
P.O. Box 514
SE-751 20 Uppsala, Sweden