Corinne Bara is a post-doctoral researcher in Lisa Hultman's project "Ending Atrocities: Third Party Interventions into Civil Wars". She received her PhD from ETH Zurich in 2016 for her dissertation on "The Onset and Diffusion of Civil War: Complexity and Temporal Dynamics." Her current project focuses on the impact of peace operations on various forms of collective violence in the postwar period of civil wars.
Keywords: conflict research civil wars postwar violence legacies of civil war conflict diffusion organized violence armed conflict
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Corinne Bara is a post-doctoral researcher in Lisa Hultman's project "Ending Atrocities: Third Party Interventions into Civil Wars." She received her PhD from ETH Zurich in 2016 for her dissertation on "The Onset and Diffusion of Civil War: Complexity and Temporal Dynamics."
Prior to embarking on her dissertation research, she worked for the human security division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and was a researcher in the Risk & Resilience Research Group at the Center for Security Studies (ETH Zurich), where she specialized in research and consultancy (for the Swiss government) on risk analysis and disaster management.
Her current research project focuses on peacekeeping and postwar armed violence, that is, various forms of collective violence that often accompany and follow peace processes and can last well into the post-settlement period. Given that peacekeepers frequently do not have a mandate to deal with the sort of actors and types of violence that characterize post-conflict settings, Dr. Bara examines whether peace operations reduce the extent of collective postwar violence at all, or whether they even inadvertently contribute to an increase in postwar violence by shifting the strategic calculus of actors away from battlefield engagements towards forms of violence that are less easily detected and sanctioned by those with a stake in the peace. This research is funded through a Post-Doc Mobility Grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Corinne Bara's dissertation had analyzed the onset and diffusion of civil wars by theorizing and modeling aspects of complexity and temporal dynamics so far neglected. It included articles on the complex interplay of grievances and opportunities in the onset of civil war; on the temporal dynamics of cross-border conflict diffusion with a focus on the many wars that spread only after their termination, and on the impact of peacekeepers on this phenomenon of post-conflict diffusion.
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