Research - Pro-Government Militias Teaching Team


Our research focuses primarily on the empirical analysis of various aspects of violent conflict, human rights violations, terrorism, and counterinsurgencies. We place particular emphasis on the role of actors, such as pro-government militias, and the link between governance and repression, including aspects of democratization. Most of our work is supported by an ERC Grant on “Repression and the Escalation of Violence”.


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The research focus of this chair is reflected in the courses it offers to BA, MA and PhD students. Key courses consist of introductions to international relations and courses on various aspects of political violence.

Our former students have continued their studies at prestigious institutions in Europe and the US, have received prizes for their work and published their dissertations in international outlets.

TeachingWe also teach courses on conflict studies, democratisation and African politics. In our teaching we incorporate a variety of teaching methods, including field trips and film events and inviting guest speakers on specific topics.

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