The Civil Wars program is based on a comparative and trans-regional approach to contemporary civil wars. This program aims to provide experts and policy-makers with in-depth analyses of the political, social and economic issues driving violent disruptions of the political orders.

This program is conducted in partnership with the European Research Council (ERC) program “Social Dynamics of Civil Wars”, directed by Gilles Dorronsoro. Its team of researchers has a unique access to people and places affected by civil wars, particularly in Central Asia, the Middle East and West Africa.

In order to inform policy debates related to the issues of social transformations, rebel governance and transnational dynamics in civil wars contexts, the Civil Wars Program both publicizes and enrich the research funded by this ERC program through the organization of public events and the publication of the Civil Wars Papers.


Past event: 

3 June 2016, 6.30 pm
Book launch and discussion with the authors : « Syrie, anatomie d’une guerre civile », Adam Bazcko, Gilles Dorronsoro and Arthur Quesnay.
Librairie Monte en l’Air, 71 rue de Ménilmontant, 75020.


Adam Baczko

Research Fellow

A Phd candidate at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris), Adam Baczko researches comparatively the exercise of justice by armed movements and its political implications, carrying out fieldwork in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and Syria.

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Arthur Quesnay

Research Fellow

Arthur Quesnay is a PhD candidate in Political Science and Junior Research Fellow at the ERC-funded CivilWars program at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris 1). He was previously a Fellow at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO). His doctoral thesis focuses on sectarian conflicts in Northern Iraq, where he conducted extensive fieldwork since 2009. He has also conducted parallel fieldwork in Libya (2011-2012) and Syria (2012-2013) with insurgent groups.

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