Papers and Reports

Civilians and Combatants in Civil War

In this paper, we attempt to shed light on civil-military relations in civil war. We seek to understand why some people voluntarily join rebel forces while others do not. To what extent do the preferences of civilians and combatants clearly align on goals and outcomes from violence?

Negotiated Settlements in Civil War

Little is known about population preferences during ongoing conflicts. Our survey in Syria allows us to open this black box and study preferences, concerns and expectations associated with different types of conflict settlements. Our research considers prospects for negotiated settlements and strategies to reduce the duration of civil war.

The Impact of Civil War on Social Norms

Our research examines in-group and inter-group social norms between civilians and combatants using behavioral experiments. We examine how conflict affects a basic norm of altruism toward identifiable in-groups and out-groups during a period of ongoing violence.

Essays and Opinion

“Why are fighters leaving the Free Syrian Army?”, Washington Post, 12 May 2014

“Fractured opposition groups disillusion Syrians” , U-T San Diego, 22 January 2014

“Is Syria ready for peace”, The Baltimore Sun , 17 January 2014

Blog Posts

“What Do Syria’s Rebels Want From The West?” , Syria in Crisis (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace), 07 April 2014

“The Importance of Local Knowledge in Syria” , Atlantic Council , 04 April 2014

“Do Syrians Want To Fight Until Victory or Do they Want a Ceasefire?” , Syria Comment , 26 March 2014

“Norms and Attitudes in the Midst of Civil War: Experimental and Survey Evidence from Syria” , Political Violence @ a Glance , 17 March 2014

“Public Opinion in the Midst of the Syrian Civil War” , The Duck of Minerva , 20 January 2014