Research at the Department related to the topic of peace, peacebuilding and reconciliation.
Threatening Ties: Understanding wartime civilian targeting along ethnic lines
Project Period: 2015-2017
This research project will seek to identify the conditions under which civilians are more likely to be collectively targeted in internal armed conflicts on the basis of their ethnic identity. To this end, the project will collect global data on the ethnic affiliation of civilian targets for all civil wars from 1989-2014.
Ending Atrocities: Third Party Interventions into Civil Wars
Project Period: 2015 - 2020
This project aims to explore the role of third parties in civil war, with a particular emphasis on evaluating a broad set of measures to end atrocities and violent conflicts with disastrous consequences for the civilian population.
Conflicts, Connections, Complexities: Towards a Multi-layered Understanding of Civil War
Project Period: 2016 - 2019
Why and how do some state-based armed conflicts become inter-linked with other types of conflicts, and how does this influence the resolution of these conflicts? We will use quantitative and qualitative methods combined to address this pivotal research question. In particular, this project will provide key insights into the inter-linkages between state-based armed conflict and three forms of organized violence that commonly plague civil wars: 1) communal conflicts between ethno-linguistic groups; 2) conflicts between rebel actors, and 3) cross-border conflicts.
Who, Where and Why: Understanding the Microfoundations of Civil War
Project Period: 2010 - 2015
This project conducts a disaggregated analysis of civil wars employing new and unique micro-level data on the conflict behavior of warring actors and their geographical location. Three puzzles are examined: (1) why rebel groups deliberately kill civilians; (2) why rebel groups engage in battle with other rebel groups; and (3) why some rebel groups are offered peaceful bargains by the government to end their fighting.