What we know and we don't know about civil wars

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Lingnan University

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Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholars Programme

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Public Lecture




5:00 p.m. -- 6:30 p.m.


Lee Ying Lam Lecture Theatre (MBG07), Patrick Lee Wan Keung Academic Building, Lingnan University


The Public Lecture of Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme 2014/15 was held on 9 October, during which Prof Stathis N Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale University, spoke on the topic "What We Know and We Don’t Know about Civil Wars".

Civil wars are the most prevalent form of contemporary war. Currently, civil wars in countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Ukraine dominate the news. During the past fifteen years, the comparative study of civil wars has made progress in pinpointing their causes and explaining their dynamics, duration, the ways in which they end, and their long-term impact. At the public lecture, Prof Kalyvas reviewed the most robust findings of this literature and discussed its shortcomings, as well as the future avenues for research.

2014/15年度胡永輝傑出訪問學人講座已於10月9日舉行,邀請了美國耶魯大學阿諾德‧沃爾弗斯政治學講座教授及「秩序、衝突與暴力」研究計劃主任Stathis N Kalyvas教授,主講「關於內戰:我們認識和不認識之處」。




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Stathis N. Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University. He is the author of The Logic of Violence in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (Cornell University Press, 1996), and the co-editor of Order, Conflict & Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008). He has received several awards, including the Woodrow Wilson Award for best book on government, politics, or international affairs (2007), the Luebbert Award for best book in comparative politics (2008), the European Academy of Sociology Book Award (2008), the J. David Greenstone Award for best book in politics and history (1997), and the Gregory Luebbert Award for best article in comparative politics (2001, 2009, and 2011). He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the European University Institute, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the United States Peace Institute, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy; and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is currently researching various aspects of conflict, both at the micro and macro levels. Recent articles include “International System and Technologies of Rebellion: How the End of the Cold War Shaped Internal Conflict” (with Laia Balcells, American Political Science Review, 2010), “Bombing as an Instrument of Counterinsurgency in the Vietnam War,” (with Matt Kocher and Tom Pepinsky, American Journal of Political Science, 2011), and “Does Warfare Matter? Severity, Duration, and Outcomes of Civil Wars,” (with Laia Balcells, Journal of Conflict Resolution, forthcoming).

Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme 2014-15, Lingnan University

The public lecture was part of the “Vincent Woo Distinguished Visiting Scholar Programme” established in 1999 with the generous endowment given by Dr Vincent Woo Wing-fai. The Programme provides funding for the University to invite an internationally renowned scholar to stay on campus for a week each year to give a public lecture, hold seminars with staff and students, and give advice to various academic departments.


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Recommended Citation

Kalyvas, S. N. (2014, October 9). What we know and we don't know about civil wars [Video podcast]. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/91