Professor Costantino Pischedda (University of Miami)
What explains the occurrence of civil wars and political violence in places like Iraq, Syria and Myanmar? Popular accounts often suggest that these are the result of irrational, deep-seated ethnic hatreds, religious fanaticism or national resources-fueled greed. While not entirely dismissing some elements of this narrative, political science paints a more complex picture, where political violence is the product of an interaction between strategic military considerations, on the one hand, and ethnic politics, on the other.
The talk presents an overview of some key political science studies on civil wars and political violence and discusses how they shed light on ongoing conflicts.
See Prof. Pischedda’s website for more information on his research: https://costantinopischedda.wordpress.com/