Sebastian van Baalen

Sebastian van Baalen
Uppsala University | UU · Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. My main research interest concerns the dynamics of rebel violence and governance in civil war. Other research interests include the dynamics of postwar and electoral violence, civilian agency in violent contexts, and the sources of restraint in civil war. Most of my research has examined the dynamics of violence in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in Côte d'Ivoire.
Additional affiliations
April 2016 - August 2020
Uppsala University
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
April 2016 - January 2021
Uppsala University
Field of study
  • Peace and Conflict Research
September 2013 - June 2015
Uppsala University
Field of study
  • Peace and Conflict Research
September 2010 - June 2013
Uppsala University
Field of study
  • Political Science

Publications

Publications (11)
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This article examines the conditions that foster state-insurgent cooperation in rebel governance. State-insurgent cooperation is puzzling because it can alienate hardliners, undermine the parties’ legitimacy, reveal sensitive information, and cause autonomy losses. We propose that conflict parties are more likely to discount these costs when they h...
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Violence after civil war is a challenge to sustainable peace. Many armed conflicts today are recurrences of previous wars and much of the literature on violence after war explains why armed groups return to the battlefield. But even if peace prevails, many other types of violence take place in postwar environments. This postwar violence is likewise...
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Why is rebel governance more responsive in some areas than in others? In recent years, scholars have started to examine the determinants of rebel governance. Less attention has been given to explaining variation in the responsiveness of rebel governance, that is, the degree to which rebels are soliciting and acting upon civilian preferences in thei...
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This study considers the concept of rebel governance responsiveness by the Forces Nouvelles (FN) in Côte d’Ivoire. Responsiveness refers to the degree to which a government’s political decisions correspond to its citizens’ desires. The concept of responsiveness is vital for assessing regime types and constitutes an essential metric of democracy. Ho...
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Information communications technologies (ICTs) like laptops, smartphones and portable storage devices facilitate travel, communication and documentation for researchers who conduct fieldwork. But despite increasing awareness about the ethical complications associated with using ICTs among journalists and humanitarians, there are few reflections on...
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How does climate change affect the risk and dynamics of violent conflict? Existing research shows that climate change can increase the risk of violent conflict and significantly alter the dynamics of existing conflicts. Less is known about the exact mechanisms through which climate change affects violent conflict. In this article, we address this l...
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Many post-war states experience continuous low-intensity violence for years after the formal end of the conflict. Existing theories often focus on country-level explanations of post-war violence, such as the presence of spoilers or the nature of the peace agreement. Yet, postwar violence does not affect all communities equally; whereas some remain...
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The security implications of climate change have attracted increasing attention in policymaking and research circles since the early 2000s. Since climate change has far-reaching implications for human livelihoods and activities, the potential security implications are broad and complex. Responses from different policy communities—foreign affairs, d...
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A literature review of quantitative and qualitative research on climate-related environmental change and violent conflict in East Africa.
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This paper seeks to understand the relation between local and national conflict dynamics by looking at four arenas of conflict between the African National Congress (ANC) and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in South Africa in 1990. The analysis shows that what started off as local conflict often escalated when national actors were brought in, locat...

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