Research at the Department related to the topic of political institutions and conflict.
Electing Violence? The Causes of Electoral Violence in Africa
Project Period: 2011 - ongoing
Under what conditions do elections lead to violence? This project advances the knowledge about electoral violence by employ a mixed methodology of combining quantitative analysis of new, sub-national data on electoral violence in Africa (1989–2008), with a qualitative analysis of four African countries.
Demagogues of Hate or Shepherds of Peace? Why 'Warlord Democrats' (Re)securitize Wartime Identities
Project Period: 2015 - 2017
This project seeks to explain why some military-leaders turned politicians ('warlord democrats') - who are taking part in national elections - seek to (re)securitize wartime identifies, while others do not. It focuses on warlord democrats in Nigeria and South Sudan.
UN in Armed Conflict
Project Period: 2001 – ongoing
The UN has been activated in the management and resolution of armed conflict since the end of the Cold War. UN actions since 1946 are continuously analyzed. This project has studied the decisions in the Security Council in a series of publications. The project also has an ongoing interest in UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld and his performance in international conflict prevention. This work relates to other Department projects on mediation, conflict prevention, UCDP, and to the work of targeted sanctions, see SPITS.