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LUCIR Lecture: The Landscape of Political Violence

Friday 21 February 2020
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

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There is no field of political of political violence, as studies that look at various facets of this political phenomenon tend to be categorized around their type of interest. Hence we have studies of civil wars, terrorism, genocide, and the like. This fragmentation raises a number of problems. First, these categories are defined in a way that generates many overlaps between them, thus potentially undermining the validity of their findings. Second, by focusing exclusively on one type, they miss how other types might be causally related to them.  I attempt to unify and rationalize this disparate and fragmented field and propose a way of doing so.

Stathis N. Kalyvas is the Gladstone Professor of Government at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford. He was previously the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University. He is the author of The Logic of Violence in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2006), The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996), and Modern Greece (Oxford University Press, 2015), as well as the co-editor of Order, Conflict & Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He has received several awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Award for best book on government, politics, or international affairs (2007), the Luebbert Award for best book in comparative politics (2008), the European Academy of Sociology Book Award (2008), the J. David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history (1997), and the Gregory Luebbert Award for best article in comparative politics (2001, 2009, and 2011). He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the European University Institute, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Peace Institute, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy; and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

Chair: Corinna Jentzsch (Institute of Political Science, Leiden University)

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