The Past of Civil War

Hosted by the Centre for International Studies (CIS)

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE


Stathis Kalyvas

Stathis Kalyvas

Gladstone Professor of Government, University of Oxford


Jens Meierhenrich

Jens Meierhenrich

Director, Centre for International Studies, LSE

This is the second of three lectures taking place across one week as part of the 2019 Hedley Bull Lecture Series.

The comparative study of civil wars has proceeded largely on the basis of the assumption that they are fundamentally of the same type. A research focus on the post-WWII period has been dictated by the needs of quantitative analysis. In contrast, in this 2019 Hedley Bull lecture series, Professor Kalyvas will explore the macro-temporal variation of civil wars.

In the first lecture (“The Present”) on 18 November, he asks what types of civil wars dominate after WWII - and why. In the second lecture (“The Past”) on Wed 20 November, he dives into the pre-WWII past, going back as far as the American War of Independence. In the last lecture on Friday 22 November, he asks whether we still live in the present, as far as civil wars are concerned, and what the future might hold.

Professor Stathis Kalyvas (@SKalyvas) is the Gladstone Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of All Souls College. Until December 2017, he was the Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale University, where he also founded and headed the programme on Order, Conflict and Violence.

Dr Jens Meierhenrich is Director of the Centre for International Studies at LSE, and Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations.

Suggested hashtag for this lecture series: #LSEHedleyBull2019

Read more about the Centre's history in the book written by Dr Aaron C. Mckeil, The LSE Centre for International Studies. A History: 1967-2017.

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