Together with Jóhanna K Birnir, I recently published an article titled "Voting in the Shadow of Violence: Electoral Politics and Conflict in Peru" in the Journal of Global Security Studies. We wrote a blog post about it for Political Violence @ A Glance, which you can read here.
The BBC recently produced a really interesting programme on the strategies dictators use to stay in power, including some input from me. You can read about it here, and listen to it here.
I also appeared on the "stromaufwaerts" podcast earlier this year, where I talked to Vera Dvora about my work on Syria. You can listen to it here.
I'm delighted to share that I've joined the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Peace Research.
My article: 'Studying the Internet and Violent Conflict' is now forthcoming in Conflict Management and Peace Science.
I'm very proud to have joined the scientific advisory board of the German Federal Foreign Office's PREVIEW crisis analytics tool. The project is spearheaded by the Directorate‑General S for Crisis Prevention, Stabilisation and Post‑Conflict Reconstruction. The scientific advisory board includes Nils B. Weidmann (Konstanz), Corinna Jentzsch (Leiden), Julian Wucherpfenning (Hertie School), Michael Brzoska (IFSH), and myself.
Measuring human rights is hard. In many cases, perpetrators have an incentive to cover up their repressive actions, for example when they want to evade accountability. Comparison across different countries, cultures, regions, and time periods is challenging and brings with all kinds of issues regarding representativeness, completeness, and bias.
There is a lively and ongoing debate in the social sciences surrounding what constitutes a good measure of human rights, what certain measures can and cannot tell us, and how data and methodological innovations can help us achieve a better understanding of human rights standards and practices across the world.
For the responsible data forum I put together a reading list as an introduction for those interested in exploring these debates.
You can find the full post here.
Together with Sabine Carey, I published two blog posts that are based on the research findings of our recently published article of journalist killings and future repression.
In a new study, forthcoming in the Journal of Peace Research, Sabine Carey and I show that the killings of journalists can act as early warning indicator for worsening overall repression. You can find a working paper version here.