Research - Pro-Government Militias Teaching Team


Report by the European Commission about our research

Workshop on post-conflict peace and stability

Lilli Banholzer presenting at ALUM conference

Monkey Cage Blog Post: What we have learned about the killings of journalists

Sabine Carey to give Keynote Lecture in Genoa

Anna-Lena Hönig joins PRIO as visiting researcher

Sabine Carey presenting at conference at Heidelberg University

Upcoming Conference Presentations at the ISA

Belén González to present paper on Chile research in Heidelberg

Sabine Carey to give Keynote Lecture

Anna-Lena Hönig presenting at the GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium

Guest post by Belén González on violence in the Philippines

Anita Gohdes receives Walter Isard Award

New publication on link between killing of journalists and repression

Julia Semmelbeck at Conference on Counter-Terrorism Research and Practices

ALUM Autumn Workshop in Mannheim

New publication by Sabine Carey

Talk by Timothy Williams at the Chair

New publication by Lilli Banholzer

Sabine Carey contributes to the “Mentoring and Training Programme”

Sabine Carey at conference on “The political economy of state repression”

Sabine Carey at workshop on “The impact of intra-war processes on post-conflict outcomes”

Anna-Lena Hönig at PRIO Cyprus Centre

Sabine Carey presents at the Fast Track Seminar

Sabine Carey honorary guest at Science Slam

Adam Scharpf participating at Workshop on “Empirical Methods in Peace and Conflict Studies”

Anna-Lena Hönig receives GESS Science Speed Dating Prize

Anna-Lena Hönig presenting at the GESS Research Day 2016

Julia Semmelbeck joins “Take Off – Women in Academic Leadership”

Belén González participating at PRIO workshop

Julia Semmelbeck participating in Young Königswinter Conference

Katrin Paula presenting at the University of Leipzig

Presentations at the EPSA Conference 2016

Belén González presenting at SFB workshop

Sabine Carey on new APSR editorial team

Anita Gohdes receives prize for her doctoral thesis

Sabine Carey gives talk about terrorism

Katrin Paula presenting at the University of Exeter

ALUM Global Migration Initiative 2016 Simulation – From Migration Crisis to Migration Governance

Lilli Banholzer in Mannheimer Morgen

Belén González at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Sabine Carey participating at LSE workshop on state violence

Sabine Carey giving a talk at University College London

Anna-Lena Hönig participating in fieldwork methodology workshop at PRIO

Sabine Carey on Landesschau Aktuell Rheinland-Pfalz

Policy brief on Pro-Government militias, human rights abuses and the ambiguous role of foreign aid

Anna-Lena Hönig member of the Research School on Peace and Conflict at PRIO

New paper on pro-government militias and civil war

New publication by Belén González

Former MA student Alexander Kustov published his first article

A new typology of pro-government militias

Guest post on why it is a bad idea for governments to collaborate with militias

New website for the ERC Project “RATE”

New publication by Sabine Carey

Sabine Carey joins the ISA Nominating Committee





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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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