Yvan Guichaoua joined us in September 2015 as convenor of the MA International Conflict and Security. Prior to this, from 2011, Yvan was a lecturer in International Politics at the University of East Anglia. He is also a former teaching fellow at Yale University and research officer at the University of Oxford. His focus is the dynamics of insurgency formation, rebel governance and state responses in Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Niger since 2004. Since 2007, Yvan Guichaoua has been studying Tuareg recurring rebellions in Niger and Mali and the rise of Jihadism in the Sahel. His works pays close attention to the complex interactions between violent entrepreneurs, low level combatants and civilian populations shaping the success or failure of irregular armed groups as well as the forms of violence they perpetrate. Yvan engages regularly with the policy-making community (International Crisis Group, World Bank etc) and is frequently consulted by the media on the Sahelian crisis.
Latest book chapters
2014. " Tuareg Militancy and the Sahelian Shock Waves of the Libya Revolution" in Cole, P. & McQuinn, B. The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath. Hurst / Oxford University Press.
2013. "Group Formation, Identities, and Violent Mobilization: Evidence from Nigeria and Niger" in Justino, P., Bruck, T, and Vewimp, P. A Micro-level perspective on the dynamics of conflict, violence and development. Oxford University Press.
2013. "Recruitment in non-state armed groups", in Brown, G. & Langer, A., Elgar Companion to Civil War and Fragile States, Edward Elgar.
2012. (with Thorp, R., Battistelli, S., Orihuela, J.C., Paredes, M.). The Developmental Challenges of Mining and Oil. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
2011. Understanding Collective Political Violence. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository
Desgrais, N., Guichaoua, Y. and Lebovich, A. (2018). Unity is the exception. Alliance formation and de-formation among armed actors in Northern Mali. Small Wars & Insurgencies [Online] 29:654-679. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/09592318.2018.1488403.Our paper investigates the political trajectories of armed actors in Mali since 2012, using recent theoretical advances on alliance formation and collapse in civil wars. Our paper establishes an analytically productive distinction between levels of wartime cleavages and factors shaping groups' trajectories. Strategic alliances, we argue, emerge from anticipated benefits on the national political scene as well as in the local political economy. The two sets of considerations do not necessarily converge. This dual logic is studied through the cases of two armed groups, both siding with the government after originally aligning with jihadi and separatist coalitions respectively.
Guichaoua, Y. (2014). Tuareg Militancy and the Sahelian Shock Waves of the Libya Revolution. in: The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath. Hurst / Oxford University Press.