War, Conflict & Identity

Balkan Studies Seminars 2008

Olympia, Greece

July 4-July 13, 2008

Course description

The objective of this course is to provide a concise, yet in-depth, overview of new theoretical and empirical research on a range of topics at the intersection of war, conflict, and identity, including interstate and civil war, terrorism, riots and genocide, and the dynamics of conflict.  We will seek to survey cutting edge research and identify and assess emerging research agendas.  The issues we will cover include the following: the variation in patterns and forms of violent conflict over time and space?  The impact of identities on violence, and vice-versa; the causes and dynamics of civil war; the decline of interstate war and the rise of terrorism; state building and failed states.


Stathis N. Kalyvas

Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science, Yale University

Director, Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale University

Email: [email protected]


Dimitris Keridis

Associate Professor

Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia

Email: [email protected]


Monica Toft

Associate Professor of Public Policy

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Email: [email protected]


Andreas Gofas

Postdoctoral Researcher

IBEI (Institut Barcelona D’ Estudis Internacionals)

Email: [email protected]


Ivan Arreguín-Toft

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Teaching assistant

Laia Balcells

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