Political Conflict

OEF Research views political conflict as symptomatic of a breakdown in governance. We take an inclusive view of political conflict by examining many forms, including interstate war, civil war, terrorism, government repression, rebellion, and protest. Similar across all modes of political conflict is that the parties resort to disruptive and sometimes violent tactics as a strategic choice toward some political end. OEF Research explores a myriad of issues about this process, such as how actors end up in conflict (root causes), conflict dynamics, peace negotiations, the international community’s role in preventing or encouraging conflict, the role of non-state actors during and after conflict, and how political institutions can be used to consolidate peace.

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Key Contributors

Peace Research Director
Conor Seyle
Director
Coup Researcher Curtis Bell
Curtis Bell
Research Associate
Jay Benson Researcher
Jay Benson
Researcher
Lindsay Heger Researcher
Lindsay Heger
Associate Director
Peace Scientist Andrew Mack
Andrew Mack
Fellow

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