Military Intervention and Post-Conflict Nation-Building

Led by Sven Gunnar Simonsen
Jan 2002 - Dec 2005
That military intervention seriously affects inter-ethnic relations in multi-ethnic states may seem a trivial observation. Nevertheless, how and why this happens remains surprisingly understudied. The purpose of this project is to systematically examine the factors that shape the consequences of military intervention for inter-ethnic relations in post-conflict societies. This will be achieved through analysis of four case studies. Particular emphasis is placed on nation-building – understood as attempts at and/or the process of (re)building a sense of oneness within the population of a state – and its specific role in building a sustainable peace. The four cases are Kosovo, East Timor, Afghanistan and Abkhazia.


Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2007) Building ‘National’ Armies – Building Nations? Determinants of Success for Post-Intervention Integration Efforts, Armed Forces and Society 33(4): 571–590.
Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2006) The Authoritarian Temptation in East Timor: Nationbuilding and the Need for Inclusive Governance, Asian Survey 46(4): 575–596.
Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2005) Addressing Ethnic Divisions in Post-Conflict Institution-Building: Lessons from Recent Cases, Security Dialogue 36(3): 297–318.
Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2004) Ethnicizing Afghanistan? Inclusion and Exclusion in Post-Bonn Institution-Building, Third World Quarterly 25(4): 707–729.
Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2003) Problems and Prospects of Ethnic Reconciliation in Kosovo, ACE - Analysis of Current Events 15(3): 1–6.

Report - External Series

Simonsen, Sven Gunnar (2002) Russlands militære som et politisk mikrokosmos: Verdiorientering og valgatferd, 1995-2000 [The Russian Military as a Political Micro-Cosmos: Value Orientation and Electoral Behaviour, 1995-2000], Det sikkerhetspolitiske bibliotek, 2. Oslo.