Projects | Peace Studies


Conflict Management and Peacekeeping
Michael Greig is working on a series of projects seeking to better understand how outside parties can most effectively end the violence of interstate and civil wars. This work focuses upon the conditions and policy choices that make international mediation and peacekeeping missions most likely to be successful.

Transitional Justice: Victims, Sentencing, and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia
Kimi King and James Meernik have a series of research projects on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Among these studies is one on the role of victim testimony on sentencing in ICTY war crimes, including especially sexual violence crimes.

Transitional Justice: An International Criminal Tribunals Database
James Meernik and Kimi King are seeking funding to develop a comprehensive database on the eight major international tribunals that have been established since World War II to prosecute individuals accused of war crimes, genocides and other crimes against humanity. This project will be an international resource for research on transitional justice across different time periods and different conflicts.

Correlates of War National Material Capabilities Project
Andres Enterline and Michael Greig direct the COW National Material Capabilities project, maintaining the data set that is the most widely used academic resource for measuring the power capabilities of nation-states and the changes in those capabilities over time (dating back to 1816).

International Studies and Undergraduate Education
Marijke Breuning and John Ishiyama have conducted a series of projects on international studies and the undergraduate political science curriculum, with a particular focus on the internationalization of political science education.

Transnational Insurgencies and the Escalation of Regional Conflict
Idean Salehyan's project explores how transnational militant groups affect regional relations. Many modern insurgencies, such as those in Afghanistan, Sudan, and Colombia, span national boundaries, threatening to spark conflicts between neighboring governments. This research will help to uncover patterns in the escalation of cross-border militancy, and will help develop cooperative strategies for preventing violence. Partial support came from the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Land Tenure, Democracy, and Civil Conflict in Nepal and El Salvador
David Mason and Madhav Joshi are completing a series of papers on the relationship between patterns of land tenure and support for democracy versus the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. This project builds off of Mason's NSF funded project on land tenure, state repression, and support for the government versus insurgents in El Salvador.

Sustaining the Peace after Civil War
David Mason leads a team exploring the relationships between civil war duration, civil war outcome (i.e., government victory, rebel victory, or negotiated settlement) and the durability of the peace after civil war. Part of this research was funded by a grant from the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College.

Imposed Polity Project
Andrew Enterline and Michael Greig have embarked on a major project that involves building a data set on regimes that were imposed in a nation by an external power. The research has resulted in a series of publications (including three in Foreign Policy) on what conditions predict the success or failure of externally imposed democracies, their ability to avoid civil and interstate conflict. Included are published studies of the prospects for democracy and stability in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Democratic Political Culture in Latin America
John Booth is part of a team of researchers in the U.S. and Latin America involved in this USAID-funded project that conducts survey research across more than a dozen nations in Latin America. Booth's work has focused on, among other things, the development of civil society, social capital, and democratic political culture in Central American nations, including comparisons of those that experienced civil wars with those that did not.

Gender, Foreign Policy, and Development Cooperation
Marijke Breuning is working on a research project that investigates the impact of women in foreign policy making. The study focuses in particular on women's role in policy making regarding the developing world. As part of this project, she is building a cross-national data set on women's participation in the executive branch of government.

Orphans and Political Instability
Marijke Breuning and John Ishiyama are investigating the impact of growing orphan populations, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, on the stability of the societies in which these orphans live. Little has been written about the security implications of growing orphan populations.

Political Parties, Political Institutions, Ethnic Conflict and Democratic Consolidation
John Ishiyama has long been working on a series of projects that relate to how political parties and political institutions (electoral systems, presidentialism versus parliamentarism, etc.) affect ethnic conflict and democratic consolidation in the Former Soviet Union and in Africa. His current project is on whether ethnic parties contribute to (or detract from) ethnic conflict and political strife.

Political Parties and Peace Duration
John Ishiyama and Anna Batta are currently working on a project that investigates the impact political party organizations have on peace duration after the end of civil wars.

Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation
Marijke Breuning and John Ishiyama have been working on a series of projects that examine the relationship between foreign aid provision, democratic consolidation and political stability