Civil Wars

Scholarly Publications

Explaining Rape during Civil War: Cross-National Evidence (1980-2009)

August 2013

Why do some armed groups commit massive wartime rape, whereas others never do?

Dueling incentives : Sexual violence in Liberia and the politics of human rights advocacy

May 2012

Abstract Transnational advocacy organizations are influential actors in the international politics of human rights.

Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

August 2011

Summary from Columbia University Press: For more than a century, from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts in achieving...

Other Publications

Why are Syrian Kurds pivoting toward Moscow?

February 2016

An affiliate of the largest and most powerful Kurdish party in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), opened its first official mission abroad — in Moscow.

Should we be using the G-word in Burundi?

November 2015

The political crisis in Burundi is serious, but analogies to the Rwandan genocide are counter-productive.

Will Sri Lanka's New Government Provide Justice for Civil War Atrocities?

November 2015

Sri Lanka's new government has promised progress on transitional justice. Will it deliver?

News

Anti-Poverty Program Reduces Violence in Civil Conflicts

February 2016

An anti-poverty aid program in the Philippines is not only helping the poor, but also decreasing political violence and insurgency.

Is Syria considering using chemical weapons? Experts suggest Iraq case could be a policy guide

June 2015

As the risks escalate, the argument presented in Foreign Policy 18 months ago by Stanford scholars Scott Sagan and Ben Buch is particularly timely.

Understanding conflict is the road to peace

January 2015

The Empirical Studies of Conflict project focuses on the causes and characteristics of politically motivated violence.

Events

Choosing Terror: Rebels’ Use of Terrorism in Internal Armed Conflict

January 14, 2016

Abstract: Why do some rebel groups use terrorism as a tactic while others do not?

Secessionism and Civilian Targeting

January 8, 2015

Abstract: This paper contributes to a burgeoning literature on civilian targeting in civil war by arguing that rebel war aims can offer critical insight into who targets civilians, and when. ...

Putting Politics First in Human Rights Strategy

January 9, 2014

ABOUT THE TOPIC: Social scientists have been working hard to understand the circumstances and strategies that improve the chances of favorable human rights outcomes.  Their findings are consistent...

Projects

Conflict Resolution

This area focuses on research related to failed states and state building, civil wars, conflict resolution and peacekeeping, refugees and democratic change.
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Implementation of Peace Agreements in Civil Wars

December 2017

Until recently, analysts of civil war focused their attention on the negotiation of peace agreements and paid scant attention to the implementation process.
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People

James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Sebastian Alarcon Sebastian T. Alarcon CISAC Honors Student