Conflict dynamics

Research at the Department related to the topic of conflict dynamics.

The Legacy of Rebel Governance

Project leader: Sebastian van Baalen | Project Page

Project Period: 2016–2021

What are the short- and long-term effects of rebel governance in civil war? This dissertation project explores the role of rebel-civilian relations in civil war in accounting for postwar outcomes such as postwar violence, demobilisation trajectories, and postwar statebuilding, focusing on cases in Africa. The project focuses on the institutions and practices that rebel groups maintain to manage their relations with civilians in civil war, employing mainly qualitative methods and data collection through fieldwork. The main case is Côte d’Ivoire.

Threatening Ties: Understanding wartime civilian targeting along ethnic lines

Project leader: Hanne Fjelde | Project Page

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 leader: Lisa Hultman l Project page

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 Leader: Desirée Nilsson | Project page

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.

Resolving Jihadist Conflicts: Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace

 Project Leader: Isak SvenssonProject page

Project Period: 2016 - 2020

Related publications

  • Brosché, Johan. 2014. Masters of war: The role of elite's in Sudan's communal conflicts. Uppsala Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University.
  • Fjelde, Hanne and Gudrun Østby, 2014. Socioeconomic Inequality and Communal Conflict: A Disaggregated Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa, 1990–2008, International Interactions, 40(5): 737-762.
  • Fjelde, Hanne and Lisa Hultman. 2014 “Weakening Your Enemy. A Disaggregated Study of Violence against Civilians in Africa” Journal of Conflict Resolution.  58(7): 1230-1257.