Kin State Intervention in Civil War

Led by Jeffrey T. Checkel
Oct 2006 - Aug 2012
Civil wars have been the dominant form of armed conflict in what will soon be 70 years since the end of World War II. Civil wars often attract military interventions by foreign powers. Among those powers are kin states whose interventions are shaped by their transnational ties to co-ethnic combatants. This study goes beyond pointing out that kin states intervene in civil wars, however, and systematically explores the different kinds of kin states that intervene and how, why and under what conditions they come to do so. The study advances a commitment-problems theory of kin-state interventions.

PHD project at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo.

Jeff Checkel, CSCW/Simon Fraser University
Scott Gates, CSCW/PRIO