Sebastian van Baalen

doctoral/PhD student at Department of Peace and Conflict Research

+4618-471 7192
Visiting address:
Gamla Torget 3, 1tr
753 20 Uppsala
Postal address:
Box 514
751 20 UPPSALA

Short presentation

Sebastian van Baalen is a doctoral candidate in peace and conflict research at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University. His research interests primarily include the dynamics of civil war and its short- and long-term consequences, with a special focus on rebel governance. His dissertation focuses on the relation between rebel governance and postwar politics in Côte d'Ivoire. He has previously worked at Sipri and Stockholm University.

Keywords: south africa postwar violence legacies of civil war rebel governance ivory coast fieldwork

My courses


  • MSSc in Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University (2015)
  • BA in Political Science, Uppsala University (2013). Minored in Peace and Conflict Research and Philosophy.
  • Exchange studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2012).
  • Assistant editor-in-chief at Mänsklig Säkerhet (2015–2016)


What are the short- and long-term effects of rebel governance in civil war? Sebastian's dissertation project explores the role of rebel-civilian relations in civil war in accounting for postwar outcomes such as postwar violence, demobilisation trajectories, and postwar statebuilding, focusing on cases in Africa. The project focuses on the institutions and practices that rebel groups maintain to manage their relations with civilians in civil war, employing mainly qualitative methods and data collection through fieldwork. The main case is Côte d’Ivoire.

Blog Posts, Op Eds and Popular Science Articles

Sebastian van Baalen, 2017. Politisk maktkamp hotar freden i Elfenbenskusten. Utrikesmagasinet, 15/12 2017.

Johan Brosché, Kristine Höglund & Sebastian van Baalen, 2017. Jasaffären i Botswana strider mot Sveriges mål. Svenska Dagbladet, 23/3 2017. Updated and republished in Mänsklig säkerhet, 20/6 2017.

Sebastian van Baalen, 2016. Underskatta inte IS administrativa makt. Mänsklig Säkerhet, 25/10 2016.

Sebastian van Baalen & Malin Mobjörk, April 2016. Climate change and violent conflict in East Africa – implications for policy. Policy brief. Stockholm: Stockholm University, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs & Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri).

Malin Mobjörk, Sebastian van Baalen, Niklas Bremberg, Lisa Maria Dellmuth, Maria-Therese Gustafsson & Hannes Sonnsjö, November 2015. The role of multilateral organisations in addressing climate change and its security risks. Policy brief. Stockholm: Stockholm University, The Swedish Institute of International Affairs & Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Sebastian van Baalen, 2015. ”Debatt: Ett välkomnande flyktingmottagande värnar allas säkerhet”, Tranås Posten 18/11 2015.

Sebastian van Baalen, 2015. "Sydafrikas moraliska förfall", Mänsklig Säkerhet 2/11 2015.

Sebastian van Baalen 2015. "Fredsarbete måste se till relationen mellan det lokala och nationella", Mänsklig Säkerhet 16/6 2015


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