Disaggregating Civil Wars

Led by Scott Gates
Dec 2008 – May 2011

Our project has four main aims relating to theory, methods, data and policy: First, we aspire to offer an intergrative theoretical perspective that focuses explicitly on actor constellations and motivations within their spatiotemporal context. Second, weintend to apply and further develop a set of innovative methods that have so far not been frequently used in civil war studies, including spatial statistics, geographic information systems and computational modelling. Third, we aim at creating a new web-based "open source" environment that integrates a variety of existing and new data sources in a coherent and convenient manner. Fourth, our project is meant to serve not only academics, but also poliy-makers by providing more versatile assessments of political risks and other security problems. The Oslo node of the consortium has three sub-goals: to explain how rebel groups organize, why groups use violence, and what are the spillover effects of these issues on the general population.


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Salehyan, Idean; David Cunningham & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (2011) Explaining External Support for Insurgent Groups, International Organization 66(4): 709–744.
Cunningham, David; Idean Salehyan & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (2009) It Takes Two: A Dyadic Analysis of Civil War Duration and Outcome, Journal of Conflict Resolution 53(4): 570–597.
Chiozza, Giacomo; Hein Goemans & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (2009) Introducing Archigos: A Dataset of Political Leaders, Journal of Peace Research 46(2): 269–283.

Non-refereed Journal Article

Bove, Vincenzo & Kristian Skrede Gleditsch (2011) 2010 Lewis Fry Richardson Lifetime Achievement Award: Ron P. Smith and the Economics of War and Peace, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy 17(1): 11–.