Conflict dynamics

Research at the Department related to the topic of conflict dynamics.

The Legacy of Rebel Governance

Project leader: Sebastian van Baalen | Project Page

Project Period: 2016–2021

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.

Ceasefires and the dynamics of violence in war zones

Project leader: Corinne Bara | Project Page

Project Period: 2019–2021

How do ceasefire agreements shape the trajectory of violence in civil war zones? Under what conditions do they stop the killing, and when do they open up new front lines and trigger shifts in the actors, forms, and locations of violence instead? In this project we create a global dataset of all ceasefires in civil wars between 1989 and 2020 to investigates these questions.

Protest, Democratization, and Escalation to Large-scale Political Violence

Project leader: Espen Geelmuyden Rød I Project Page

Project Period: 2019-2022

Ending Atrocities: Third Party Interventions into Civil Wars

Project leader: Lisa Hultman l Project page

Project Period: 2015 - 2020

This project aims to explore the role of third parties in civil war, with a particular emphasis on evaluating a broad set of measures to end atrocities and violent conflicts with disastrous consequences for the civilian population. 

Conflicts, Connections, Complexities: Towards a Multi-layered Understanding of Civil War

Project Leader: Desirée Nilsson | Project page

Project Period: 2016 - 2019

Why and how do some state-based armed conflicts become inter-linked with other types of conflicts, and how does this influence the resolution of these conflicts? We will use quantitative and qualitative methods combined to address this pivotal research question. In particular, this project will provide key insights into the inter-linkages between state-based armed conflict and three forms of organized violence that commonly plague civil wars: 1) communal conflicts between ethno-linguistic groups; 2) conflicts between rebel actors, and 3) cross-border conflicts.

Resolving Jihadist Conflicts: Religion, Civil War, and Prospects for Peace

 Project Leader: Isak SvenssonProject page

Project Period: 2016 - 2020