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 (10:15–11:45)
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

12 December (10:00-11:30)

Militarized Policing in Cali, Colombia

Michael Weintraub, Associate Professor at Universidad de los Andes

Michael Weintraub (PhD, Georgetown 2014) is an Associate Professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO). He was previously a fellow at Yale University and the United States Institute of Peace.

His research focuses on crime and political violence in Latin America, as well as how the historical legacies of violence impact on contemporary outcomes. His work has been published in Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Peace Research, amongst others. His research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, the Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Norwegian Research Council.

In this talk, Prof. Weintraub will describe a field experiment that randomized Army patrols in a high-crime urban environment in Colombia.

The talk will be held at 10:00–11:30 in Bertha von Suttner, Gamla Torget 3, and is open to the public. Welcome!

12 December (12:00-13:30)

Reactive Conflict Dynamics

Sebastian Schutte, senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo

Sebastian Schutte is a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. He has previously obtained Marie Curie Fellowships at the University of Konstanz and has obtained a PhD in from ETH Zurich under the supervision of Lars-Erik Cederman in 2014.

Abstract: The post-Cold War era has witnessed increased ethnic and religious conflicts relative to ideologically motivated insurgencies. Additionally, master-cleavages within ongoing wars have changed over time. Despite ingenious advances in methods and data, research on civil war and international relations remains theoretically underprepared to accommodate these new realities. To address this gap, Dr. Schutte proposes to study reactive conflict dynamics in their own right drawing on first principles from social psychology. Beyond a historical and theoretical discussion, he summarizes the results of several of his empirical studies that reveal when and how new cleavages between identity groups and political actors become salient in the wake of previous atrocities.

The talk will be held at 12:00–13:30 in Room 6577, Gamla Torget 6, and is open to the public. Welcome!

Past events

28 November

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem)

Professor Staffan I. Lindberg, Director of the V-Dem Institute and professor of political science at Göteborg University

On Thursday, 28 November, Professor Staffan I. Lindberg will present the Varieties of Democracy project. V-Dem employs a new approach to conceptualizing and measuring democracy, providing a multi-dimensional and disaggregated dataset that reflects the complexity of the concept of democracy as a system of rule that goes beyond the simple presence of elections. The V-Dem project distinguishes between five high-level principles of democracy: electoral, liberal, participatory, deliberative, and egalitarian, and collects data to measure these principles.

Staffan I. Lindberg is Director of the V-Dem Institute and professor of political science at Göteborg University. He has published widely on democracy and elections, particularly in Africa. His most widely cited books are “Democracy and Elections in Africa” and “Democratization by Elections,” both published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

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).

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.