The Legacy of Rebel Governance

Project leader

Sebastian van Baalen, PhD Candidate

Main supervisor

Kristine Höglund, Professor

Assistant supervisor

Johan Brosché, PhD

Project period



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.

Related publications and working papers

Sebastian van Baalen & Kristine Höglund, 2017. “‘So the Killings Continued’: Wartime Mobilisation and Post-War Violence in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa”Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, online first.

Main financial support

Field research is funded by research grants from Swedish funding agencies and scholarships.

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.