Research Group on Civil Wars


Current Projects

Civil War Dynamics

The Civil War Dynamics project consists of two teams, the first studying civil wars historically, the second studying the ongoing Syrian Civil War. Each student within the historical team will select a specific civil war from the post-1945 period, while each student within the Syria team will focus on a geographic region of the country or select topical area (e.g., foreign support). Students will collect systematic information on how two specific types of armed group behavior changed over time and across geographic areas:

    1) cooperation between allied armed groups, ranging from successful joint operations on the one hand, to outright fighting on the other [On-Side Group Conflict];

    2) armed groups' attempts to seize territory from their opponents or pursuit of non-territorial operations like raiding, bomb attacks, and the like [Fighting without Warfare].