Sarah Lischer

Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University

Sarah Lischer
Sarah Lischer left PRIO in 2012. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. Sarah Lischer is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

  • Causes of civil war
  • International security
  • American foreign policy
  • Forced migration
  • Humanitarian intervention


Department of political science


PRIO started tracking events online in 2007. This listing is not complete. Past events may be mentioned in our news archive.


The following publications are specific to the Centre for the Study of Civil War. A more complete list may be available at

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Lischer, Sarah (2011) Civil War, Genocide and Political Order in Rwanda: Security Implications of Refugee Return, Conflict, Security & Development 11(3): 261–284.

Book Chapter

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Sarah Lischer (2013) Refugee Militancy in Exile and Upon Return in Afghanistan and Rwanda, in Jeffrey T. Checkel, ed., Transnational Dynamics of Civil War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (89–119).

Popular Article

Lischer, Sarah (2011) No Refuge for Somali Refugees, Huffington Post, 4 November.
Lischer, Sarah (2011) Why Western Aid Won't Save Somalia, Huffington Post, 9 August.

Conference Paper

Harpviken, Kristian Berg & Sarah Lischer (2009) Refugee Return and Violence: An Analytical FrameworkNew York, NY, 17 February.
Lischer, Sarah & Kristian Berg Harpviken (2008) Refugee Return and Violence: What are the Mechanisms?Syracuse University, Washington, DC, 18 October.

Book Review

Lischer, Sarah (2009) Review of The Iraqi Refugees: The New Crisis in the Middle East, in The Middle East Journal 63(3): 508–509.

Related pages