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.
The book Inequality, Grievances, and Civil War, written by Lars-Erik Cederman, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch and Halvard Buhaug, has been awarded the Conflict Research Society's Book of the Year Award 2014. The book was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 as a part of the Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics series, and argues that political and economic inequalities generate grievances that in turn can motivate civil war.
Journal Article in International Organization
Journal Article in Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy
Journal Article in Journal of Conflict Resolution
Journal Article in Journal of Peace Research