David Lektzian

Senior Researcher/Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas Tech University

David Lektzian
David Lektzian left PRIO in 2004. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons. David Lektzian is an External Associate at PRIO.

Research Interests

My primary research focus is in the area of economic sanctions. I am currently working on several projects in this area, including the political aspects of economic sanctions and the relationship between uses of economic force and uses of military force.

A second project that I am working on analyzes whether dyads with similar political regimes are less likely to engage in interstate conflict. In particular, we focus on similar types of non-democratic regimes. Do socialist states avoid military conflict with other socialist states? Do monarchies avoid military conflict with other monarchies? Do military dictatorships avoid conflict with other military dictatorships? We build on previous research in three ways. First, we add an additional regime category, monarchies. Second, we limit the single-party regime classification to socialist states. Third, we employ two new measures of conflict, the PRIO/Uppsala data on interstate conflicts and the International Crisis Behavior project’s data on interstate crises.

A third project proposes to investigate the relationship between the production and trafficking of illicit narcotics, the stability of political institutions, and the incidence of internal military conflict (civil wars). In preliminary statistical analyses related to this project, drug production and seizures were found to be significantly and positively associated with civil war while democracies were found to have fewer seizures of narcotics at their borders.


​​Languages spoken:

English, some German and Norwegian

Working experience:

May 2003 – June 2004. Senior Researcher. International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO).

May 2003 – December 2003. Commissioned Researcher. Norwegian Red Cross.

August 2002 – May 2003. Visiting Instructor. Department of Political Science, Michigan State University.


2003. Ph.D. in Political Science, Michigan State University.
•Field Exams in International Relations and Quantitative Methods.

1997. M.A. in Political Science, Michigan State University.

1992. B.A. in Political Science magna cum laude, Central Michigan University.

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

All Publications

Conference Paper

Gates, Scott & David Lektzian (2008) Drugs, Governance, and Civil ConflictSan Francisco, CA, 2008.
Lektzian, David & Scott Gates (2005) Drugs, Governance and Civil Conflict, presented at the 46th Annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Honolulu, HI, 1–5 March.
Gates, Scott & David Lektzian (2004) Drugs, Governance and Civil Conflict, presented at a workshop on 'Resources, Governance Structures, and Civil War', Uppsala, 13–18 April.
Lektzian, David & Brandon C. Prins (2004) Taming the Leviathan: Examining the Impact of External Threat on State Strength, presented at the 45th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, Montreal, 17–20 March.

Report - External Series

Lektzian, David (2003) Making Sanctions Smarter, 0. Oslo.