Project participants and collaborative networks

Core Group

Professor Isak Svensson

Professor Ebrahim Moosa

Professor Mark Juergensmeyer

Associate Professor Desirée Nilsson

Assistant Professor Mimmi Söderberg Kovacs

The project leader is assisted by full-time research assistant, Daniel Finnbogason, M.Soc.Sci Peace and Conflict Studies.

Advisory Board

Senior Professor Peter Wallensteen

Professor Emeritus Jan Hjärpe

Professor Monica Toft

Professor Emeritus William I. Zartman

Working Group

The project also benefits from the active participation of a carefully selected Working Group, whose members will function as a highly useful peer-review network. Some will also contribute with their own research publications within the project. The Working Group draws together area expertise on jihadist conflicts in different geographical areas as well as scholars with a general expertise on religion and conflicts: on the Middle East, in particular Syria and Iraq (Professor Leif Stenberg, Lund University), Egypt and Palestine (Dr. Jeroen Gunning, Durham University), and the wider Middle East (Professor Mohammad Fazlhashemi, Uppsala University); the Horn of Africa (Professor Ken Menkhaus, Davidson College); Africa, particularly Mali and Nigeria (Dr. Morten Bøås, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, NUPI); Afghanistan (Dr. Astri Suhrke, Chr. Michelsen Institute, CMI); Asia, in particular Indonesia (Dr. Munim Sirry, University of Notre Dame), Myanmar and Southern Thailand (Dr. Marte Nilsson, Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO); global patterns of religious conflicts (Professor Matthias Basedau, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, GIGA); religious conflicts and sexual violence (Dr. Ragnhild Nordås, Peace Research Institute Oslo, PRIO), and mediation and conflict resolution (Dr. Govinda Clayton, University of Kent).

Related publications


As the Islamic State (IS) is being increasingly pushed back in the Middle East, Prof. Svensson argues for the need for a discussion on how to build sustainable peace in the region. Efter IS, Mänsklig Säkerhet, 7 June 2017. (In Swedish.)  

Photo: MidoSemsem/Shutterstock

Prof. Svensson on the decline of political Islamism and what the international community needs to do to overcome militant Islamism. Tvådelad strategi behövs mot militant islamism, Utrikesmagasinet, 27 May 2017. (In Swedish.)

Project leader Prof. Isak Svensson on Swedish radio talking about the deadly attack in central Stockholm on 7 April 2017. Lyckas terroristerna splittra oss? Sveriges Radio P1, 13 April 2017. (In Swedish.)

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