Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Speaker Series

Schedule autumn 2018

6 September

Mai Hassan (University of Michigan)

4 Oktober

Govinda Clayton (ETH Zurich)

For the 2011-2018 lectures, see Previous Speaker Series.

Upcoming events

‘Ethnicity, pro-government militias and the duration of civil war’

Govinda Clayton, Senior Researcher, ETH Zurich

Govinda Clayton is an Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich. His research is primarily focused on negotiation and mediation during civil conflict, using advanced quantitative methods to systematically assess the conditions that shape the outcome of third-party led conflict management. He has published work in a number of leading international peer-reviewed journals and is the Deputy Editor of International Peacekeeping. He is also the executive director of the British Conflict Research Society (CRS). In a more practitioner ordinated role, Dr Clayton has run numerous negotiation capacity building workshops and peacebuilding projects and has consulted with businesses and international organizations on conflict resolution methods

The talk will be held at 12.00-13.30 in Hall 3576, Gamla Torget 6 and is open to the public. Welcome!

Previous events

‘The Political Geography of the Local Security Apparatus’

Mai Hassan, Assistant Professor at University of Michigan

Mai Hassan (PhD, Harvard 2014) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on authoritarian and hybrid regimes, the state, land and violence, and ethnic politics with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, and Comparative Political Studies. Her dissertation won the APCG-Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation in African Politics in 2014.

Her current book project explores how authoritarian leaders vary management of the state sub-nationally to best meet electoral challenges to their rule after the introduction of multi-party elections.  It does this through an in-depth look at Kenya's democratization process since the beginning of multi-party elections in 1992.  The manuscript shows how international pressure to reform state institutions (often times through calls to decentralize power and engage in public sector reform) can actually hamper democratization.