Violent Conflict

Around the world, competing groups often engage in violent conflict. While the existence of competing interests is inevitable, violence is not. Why do some groups engage in violence, while others resort to more diplomatic solutions? Our work engages these questions and attempts to untangle the narratives of conflict.

Current projects

Fotini Christia and Elizabeth Parker-Magyar, along with co-authors Kiran Garimella, Ahmet Utku Akbiyik, and Erin Walk, investigate how narratives around life amid violence emerge through social media in north Syria, after the fall of ISIS. The authors focus on attitudes, behaviors, and information dissemination regarding topics of violence amongst the warring parties in north Syria, as well as among Syrian citizens whom the armed groups are trying to control. The study also examines whether (and how) the narrative has shifted since the COVID-19 outbreak.

Published work

Lieberman, Evan and Singh, Prerna. 2017. “Census Enumeration and Group Conflict: A Global Analysis of the Consequences of Counting.” World Politics 69 (1): 1-53.

Christia, Fotini. 2012. Alliance Formation in Civil Wars. Cambridge University Press.

Lieberman, Evan and Singh, Prerna. 2012. “The Institutional Origins of Ethnic Violence.Comparative Politics 45 (1): 1-24.

Christia, Fotini. 2008. “Following the Money: Muslim versus Muslim in Bosnia’s Civil War,”Comparative  Politics. 40 (4): 461-480. Reprinted in Political Violence, Erica Chenoweth, eds., SAGE Library of International Relations.