Middle East Studies

Adam Baczko and Gilles Dorronsoro ─ Social Dynamics of Civil Wars: Elements for a Comparative Framework

Monday, March 30, 2015

5 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

Adam Baczko is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris) and Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Yale’s Program on Order, Conflict and Violence. His dissertation examine how insurgent groups implement justice and how they use courts to assert their rejection of the incumbent regime and their claim to rule as the legitimate authority. It draws heavily on sociology of mobilization, fields and institutions to discuss contemporary theories of civil war and insurgent governance. Adam carried out fieldwork in Afghanistan, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo and Irak. He is general editor at Noria, a Paris-based think tank, and co-authored reports on Syria for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the New American Foundation. In collaboration with Gilles Dorronsoro and Arthur Quesnay, he is currently finishing a book on the Syrian Revolution and the ensuing Civil War. He holds an MA in Political Science from the EHESS and a joint BA in War Studies and History from King's College London.

Gilles Dorronsoro, a nonresident scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is an expert on Afghanistan, Turkey, and South Asia. His research focuses on security and political development in Afghanistan, particularly the role of the International Security Assistance Force, the necessary steps for a viable government in Kabul, and the conditions necessary for withdrawal scenarios.

Previously, Dorronsoro was a professor of political science at the Sorbonne in Paris and the Institute of Political Studies in Rennes. He also served as the scientific coordinator at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies in Istanbul, Turkey.

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