Alexander De Juan

Mapping Political Violence – The Approaches and Conceptual Challenges of Subnational Geospatial Analyses of Intrastate Conflict

GIGA Working Paper, No. 211, December 2012

The rationale is straightforward and persuasive: intrastate conflicts are by definition subnational phenomena. If we want to understand them fully, it may be wise to refocus our attention from the country level to the subnational level. Where violence is located might inform us as to why it erupts and how it is linked to various political, economic or social factors. The number of statistical geospatial analyses undertaken at the subnational level has been increasing constantly in recent years. Even though such studies have contributed greatly to peace and conflict research, they have come with their own challenges. Most importantly, they often do not adequately consider the theoretical and conceptual implications of switching from conventional cross‐country to subnational analysis; this has led to dubious theoretical arguments and conclusions. Moreover, operationalization and measurement issues often limit these analyses’ explanatory power. The paper reviews several geospatial analyses of violent conflict, points out the limitations of the previous research and proposes some potential avenues for improvement.

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Dr. Alexander De Juan ist Senior Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien. Zu seinen Forschungsschwerpunkten gehören die Rolle von Institutionen in innerstaatlichen Konflikten, die Entwicklung von Staaten in Kontexten von bewaffneten Konflikten und Fragilität sowie Entwicklungsinterventionen in Staaten, die von Konflikten betroffen sind.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Alexander De Juan / Carlo Koos

The historical roots of cooperative behavior: Evidence from Eastern Congo

World Development, 116, 2019, 100-112

Alexander De Juan / Eva Wegner

Social Inequality, State-centered Grievances, and Protest: Evidence from South Africa

Journal of Conflict Resolution, 63, 2019, 1, 31-58

Christian von Soest / Alexander De Juan

Der Umgang mit neuen Sicherheitsbedrohungen in Afrika

GIGA Focus Afrika, 02/2018

Alexander De Juan / Michael Schiess

Brotkorb und Konfliktherd – Landinvestitionen in der Republik Sudan

GIGA Focus Nahost, 02/2018