Eric Keels

Eric Keels
Position: Research Associate
Expertise: Cooperation and Conflict, Peacebuilding

Eric Keels (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of North Texas) is a scholar of international conflict management, democratization, and post-war peacebuilding. Prior to joining OEF Research, Eric was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Global Security at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee. Much of his research focuses on how institutional and ideological constraints affect the ability of leaders within the government to bargain with violent non-state actors, as well as how the international community can assist with resolving protracted civil wars. His research has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Interactions, and Cooperation and Conflict.  


2019 Report on Risk of Coup

Annual Risk of Coup Report - 2019

Written by Matthew Frank, Jay Benson, Clayton Besaw, Jonathan Powell on April 26, 2019

The goals of this first ever Annual Risk of Coup Report are two-fold.

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Recent Trends in Civil War Dynamics

Reassessing Rebellion

Written by Jay Benson, Eric Keels, Joshua Lambert on March 15, 2019

Though historically the number of armed conflicts has been declining, there has been a recent surge in ongoing civil wars. Intrastate armed conflicts therefore represent a persistent and dangerous threat to global stability.

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exploring the puzzle rebel terrorism

Exploring the Puzzle of Rebel Terrorism

Written by Eric Keels on December 11, 2018

The decision by rebel groups to employ terrorism is influenced, in part, by the structure of rebel organizations as well as the strategic environment in which they operate.

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