Having witnessed first hand civil wars and their consequences, my biggest substantive question is why do international interventions, even when carried out with the best of intentions, so often fail in achieving the desired outcomes.
I argue that at a fundamental level the legitimacy of international intervention originates from citizens’ support which stems from individual interactions with different peacekeeping, peace building and development efforts. While recent studies have attempted to move away from using country-level data by adopting explicit micro-level analyses, we still lack experimental evidence on the mechanisms that link individual behavior and attitudes with such efforts. Using experimental methods in active conflict settings much of my ongoing work tests the mechanisms driving civilian support in international intervention efforts.
My ongoing research covers insurgency, counter-insurgency and peace building with a focus on the Horn and Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Nepal. My research work has been published or is forthcoming in the AJPS, the ISQ and Defense and Peace Economics. I have also done policy work which has been published by the UN and the Danish Refugee Council.
Since the summer of 2017, I am based in Mogadishu conducting field work for a number of research projects, including the two chapters of my dissertation. For the next two years my work will focus on the international intervention efforts in Somalia. I also advise the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) Somalia on methodologies to measure the Sustainable Development Goal 16.3. I am a Graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and have a M.A. in International Security from the S.F.S. at Georgetown University.
Latest Work: “If They Endorse It, I Can’t Trust It: How Out-Group Leader Endorsements Undercut Public Support for Civil War Peace Settlements,”American Journal of Political Science (forthcoming), with Nicholas Haas (NYU).