Speaker Series

Schedule Autumn 2019

5 September
Oliver Kaplan, University of Denver

17 October
Helga Malmin Binningsbø, PRIO

13 November (13:30-15.00)
Christine Cheng, King's College London

28 November
Staffan Lindberg, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

12 December (10:00-11:30)
Michael Weintraub, Universidad de los Andes

12 December (12:00-13:30)
Sebastian Schutte, PRIO

For the 2011-2019 (spring) lectures, see Previous Speaker Series.

Upcoming Events

13 November

Extralegal Groups in Post-Conflict Liberia- How trade makes the state

Dr. Christine Cheng, War Studies Department, King’s College London

Christine Cheng is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at King’s College London. Dr Cheng is the author of Extralegal Groups in Post-Conflict Liberia- How Trade Makes the State (OUP), which won the 2019 Conflict Research Society’s Annual Book Prize. She co-edited Corruption and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding: Selling the Peace? (Routledge) with Dominik Zaum. Working with the UK government’s Stabilisation Unit, she co-authored Securing and Sustaining Elite Bargains that Reduce Violent Conflict (with Jonathan Goodhand and Patrick Meehan), the final report of a two-year project on Elite Bargains and Political Deals in conflict-affected countries. Recently, she worked with Chatham House on a DFID-funded study of Conflict Economies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. Previously, she was the Boskey Fellow in Politics at Exeter College, Oxford, and the Cadieux-Léger Fellow at Global Affairs Canada. She has worked for the UN and the World Bank. Dr Cheng holds a DPhil from Oxford (Nuffield) and an MPA from Princeton (Woodrow Wilson School).

The talk will be held at 13.30-15.00 in Hall 1, Gamla Torget 3, and is open to the public. Welcome!

Past events

17 October

All is fair in law and war: Judicial Behavior in Conflict-affected Societies‚Äč

Helga Malmin Binningsbø, PRIO

Helga is a Senior Researcher at PRIO. Her research focuses on peacebuilding strategies, during- and post-conflict justice processes, as well as people’s perceptions of these strategies and processes. Her current project explores the immediate effects of governments' during conflict justice (DCJ) behavior on conflict dynamics, as well as long-term effects on transitional justice and rule of law in post-conflict societies. Together with researchers from PRIO, University of Oslo, and the Penn State University (USA) she will examine these relationships both quantitatively, updating and analyzing data on DCJ processes between 1946 and 2017, and qualitatively, through fieldwork in Colombia, Nepal, and Uganda. 

5 September

Supporting Communities that Resist War: The International Committee of the Red Cross and Community-based Protection in Colombia

Oliver Kaplan, Associate Professor at the University of Denver

Oliver Kaplan (PhD, Stanford 2010) is an Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is the author of the book, “Resisting War: How Communities Protect Themselves” (Cambridge University Press, 2017), which examines how civilian communities organize to protect themselves from wartime violence. He was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and previously a postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University in the Woodrow Wilson School and at Stanford University. As part of his research Kaplan has conducted fieldwork in Colombia and the Philippines. His research has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Smith Richardson Foundation and other grants and has been published in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Stability, The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN, and National Interest.