Speaker Series

Schedule Spring 2019

24 January
“United Nations Peacekeeping Locally: Strengthening conflict resolution mechanisms, reducing communal violence?”
Hannah Smidt, Research Fellow, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

7 February
“Does indiscriminate violence fuel religious conflict? Evidence from Kenya”​
Costantin Ruhe, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt

7 March
“The Causes and Consequences of Selective Political Violence in Colombia”​
Mario Leonardo Chacón,Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi

4 April
"To which victor go the spoils: Explaining which factions take power after regime change"
Peter Krause, Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston College

2 May
“The political consequences of wartime sexual violence: Evidence from a list experiment”​
Belén González, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Mannheim

16 May
“Monitoring via the courts: Judicial oversight and police violence in India”
Courtenay Conrad, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of California-Merced

5 June (note the date)
“The power of denouncement in invisible crises”
Atsushi Tago, Professor of Political Science, Waseda University

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

Upcoming events

5 June

‘The power of denouncement in invisible crises’
Atsushi Tago, Professor at Waseda University, Japan

Atsushi Tago (PhD, University of Tokyo 2007) is Professor of International Relations at Waseda University (Japan). His research focuses on the scientific study of international politics, particularly through the use of experimental and quantitative methods. His substantive interests include American foreign and national security policy, alliances and coalitions, diplomacy, and the United Nations. His work has been published in Journal of Peace Research, PLOS One, British Journal of Political Science, and Armed Forces and Society, He is a PRIO Global Fellow and has been a visiting scholar at the University of California-San Diego and the University of Michigan.

In this talk, he addresses the topic of diplomatic debates during international crises, asking what type of message is most effective for gaining support from a foreign public or international society in situations where disputing countries compete in diplomatic campaigns. Through multiple survey experiments, he investigates the effect of being silent, issuing positive justification or denouncement, as well as how the results interact with the opponent’s strategy.

The talk will be held at 12.00-13.30 in Sal 2, Gamla Torget 3 and is open to the public. Welcome!

Past events

16 May

‘Monitoring via the courts: Judicial oversight and police violence in India’
Courtenay Conrad, Associate Professor at University of California-Merced

Courtenay Conrad (PhD, Florida State 2010) is an Associate Professor at the University of California-Merced. Her research focuses on political violence and human rights, particularly how domestic and international constraints affect agents of repression.  Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and International Studies Quarterly, amongst others. Together with Emily Ritter, she is author of Contentious Compliance: Dissent and Repression under International Human Rights Law, published this year with Oxford University Press.

In this talk, she will present results from a quasi-experimental study in India which shows that the establishment of sub-national police complaints authorities is associated with substantive decreases in human rights violations by Indian police officers. These findings speak to important questions about how court-ordered institutional reforms can impact on the respect for human rights, and how domestic law can be used to shape individual agents’ use of force.

2 May

‘The Political Consequences of Wartime Sexual Violence: Evidence from a List Experiment’
Belén González, University of Mannheim/The German Institute for Global and Area Studies 

Belén González has a PhD in Political Science by the University of Essex, and is currently affiliated with the University of Mannheim and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). Her research focuses on civil wars dynamics, violent and nonviolent strategies and tactics, and the escalation of political violence. She is currently studying how the behaviour of state and non-state actors escalates violence in conflict and post- conflict settings. Her work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and Mobilization.

4 April

“To which victor go the spoils: Explaining which factions take power after regime change”​
Peter Krause, Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston College

Peter Krause’s research focuses on international security, Middle East politics, terrorism and political violence, and national movements. His work has been published, among others, in International Security, Security Studies, Comparative Politics and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. His book Rebel Power: Why national Movements Compete, Fight, and Win was published by the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs series with Cornell University Press in 2017. His co-edited volume Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics was just published with Oxford University Press. Peter is a research affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program and was formerly a Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies of Brandeis University, as well as a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of the Harvard Kennedy School.

7 March

“The Causes and Consequences of Selective Political Violence in Colombia”​
Mario Leonardo Chacón,Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi

Mario Leonardo Chacón is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at New York University Abu Dhabi, Social Science Division, and faculty fellow of the Politics Department, at NYU. He studies historical political economy, political development, and armed conflict, particularly in Latin America and the United States. Currently, Chacon is doing work on the determinants of selective political violence in Colombia, on the economic and political consequences of democratization, as well as investigating the long-lasting effects of civil wars. He obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and a M.A. in Economics from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia.

7 February

“Does indiscriminate violence fuel religious conflict? Evidence from Kenya”​
Costantin Ruhe, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Goethe University Frankfurt

Constantin Ruhe is Assistant Professor of Political Science with a Focus on Quantitative Empirical Research Methods at the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He is also an associated researcher at the German Development Institute and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. In his research, he studies armed political violence and its effect on individual attitudes and group dynamics, (forced) migration, conflict management and conflict resolution as well as quantitative research methodology. Constantin Ruhe relies on a variety of innovative methods such as Bayesian estimation techniques, electronic surveys, and agent-based modeling. As part of his methodological work, he has developed software tools for duration models. His work has been published in Political Analysis, International Interaction, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Stata Journal.

24 January

‘United Nations Peacekeeping Locally: Strengthening conflict resolution mechanisms, reducing communal violence?’ Hannah Smidt, Postdoctoral Fellow, German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

Hannah Smidt is a postdoctoral fellow and research team leader at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg, Germany. She completed her doctorate at University College London in May 2017 and previously held a post-doctoral position at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on democratization and election processes in war-torn countries and UN peacekeeping operations. She has conducted fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire in order to examine local perceptions and activities of peacekeeping. Her research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and won several academic prizes, including the Cedric Smith Prize (British Conflict Research Society), the Dina Zinnes Award (International Studies Association) and the PhD Paper Award (University College London).