Subject Matter Expert at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

I have been appointed as a Subject Matter Expert at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS). HCSS was established in 2007 as an independent think tank. The founder Prof. dr. Rob de Wijk started this organization with a small team of senior experts and analysts, being drawn in from organizations such as the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), RAND, Clingendael, the Dutch … Continue reading Subject Matter Expert at the Hague Centre for Strategic Studies

#IBEIatHome

Due to the Covid-19 health crisis and the resulting state of alarm in Spain with a nationwide lockdown, IBEI’s offices have been closed for the foreseeable future. This means that faculty and staff are working from home at the moment. To show that this doesn’t mean that our work has stopped, IBEI launched the campaign #IBEIatHome. Faculty, staff and students alike have sent pictures from home … Continue reading #IBEIatHome

Grant Received for Research on “Green Grabbing”

A research project of which I am Principal Investigador (“Green, but Mean? The Relationship Between Ecologically Motivated Land Investments and Conflict in the Global South” (GREEN-MEAN)) has received funding from the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP). Numerous academic studies have linked land scarcity to an increased likelihood of violent conflicts in the Global South. Some of the most cited motives for land scarcity are … Continue reading Grant Received for Research on “Green Grabbing”

Recent Publications

“First, do no harm: five questions the EU needs to keep in mind for a sensitive approach to conflict resources” (CIDOB Notes Internacionals) The European Union acknowledges that when sanctions against resource-fuelled armed confrontations are not conflict sensitive, they can potentially exacerbate violence and instability on the ground. In many conflicts, sanctions are difficult to enforce due to limited state presence and rampant corruption in … Continue reading Recent Publications

Teaching 2019/20

SECOND SEMESTER: CIVIL WARS In this class we will undertake an in-depth and overarching examination of the literature on domestic armed conflict. We will try to understand the causes of civil wars, their dynamics and characteristics, and their consequences. We will start by defining civil war and discussing why should we study it as a distinct phenomenon from other forms of political violence and/or international … Continue reading Teaching 2019/20

Ongoing Research

WORK IN PROGRESS Accepted Book Proposals “Violencia Política” (Political Violence), (co-edited with Lesley-Ann Daniels), Madrid: Tecnos. Accepted Book Chapters “Violencia Política” (Political Violence), (co-edited with Lesley-Ann Daniels), Madrid: Tecnos. “Causas de Guerras Civiles” (Causes of Civil Wars). In: Lesley-Ann Daniels and Martijn C. Vlaskamp (eds), Violencia Política. Madrid: Tecnos. “Golpes de estado” (Coup d’états). In: Lesley-Ann Daniels and Martijn C. Vlaskamp (eds), Violencia Política. Madrid: … Continue reading Ongoing Research

Policy Paper on Conflict Resources Published

As a late result of my project GLONEXACO my brief policy paper “First, do no harm: five questions the EU needs to keep in mind for a sensitive approach to conflict resources” was published in the series CIDOB Notes Internacionals. This online publication addresses current world events with expert analyses that are oriented towards policy. My paper addresses the issue of measures against so-called conflict resources. … Continue reading Policy Paper on Conflict Resources Published

Edited Volume “EU Contested” Published

The edited volume “European Union Contested Foreign Policy in a New Global Context” (Heidelberg & New York: Springer), which I have edited with Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués and Esther Barbé is online available for purchase. The European Union’s foreign policy and its international role are increasingly being contested both globally and at home. At the global level, a growing number of states are now challenging the Western-led liberal … Continue reading Edited Volume “EU Contested” Published

Article on the Influence of International Recognition on Secessionism Published

The article “Does international recognition matter? Support for unilateral secession in Catalonia and Scotland” (co-authored with Diego Muro and Guillem Vidal) was published online in Nations and Nationalism. We wanted to know how much do the prospects of international recognition of a possible new state affect the domestic support for secession. To answer this research question, we adopted a most similar systems design and conducted a Web‐based survey … Continue reading Article on the Influence of International Recognition on Secessionism Published