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Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Fragmentation: Trajectories of Militancy in Kashmir and Pakistan

Fri, October 23, 2009 • 12:15 PM • Bass Lecture Hall

Paul Staniland, Candidate for Assistant Professor

PAUL STANILAND
DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE • E53-470, MIT
77 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE • CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139
PSTAN@MIT.EDU • HTTP://WEB.MIT.EDU/PSTAN/WWW
Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA September 2004 - Present
Ph.D Candidate, Department of Political Science
• Dissertation: "Explaining Cohesion, Fragmentation, and Control in Insurgent
Groups " (Expected Completion: May 2010)
• Committee: Roger Petersen (Chair), Barry Posen, Stephen Van Evera, Steven
Wilkinson (University of Chicago)
• Research and Teaching Interests: civil war, international security, civil-military
relations, ethnic politics, South Asia
• Affiliate, MIT Security Studies Program
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
A.B., Political Science
• Honors in Political Science and General Honors
• Phi Beta Kappa, 2004, and Dean's List, 2000-2004
Publications in Refereed Journals
September 2000 - June 2004
"Cities on Fire: Social Mobilization, State Policy, and Urban Insurgency." Comparative Political
Studies, (forthcoming December 2010).
"Correspondence: What Makes Terrorists Tick." International Security Vol. 33, No. 4 (Spring
2009), pp. 180-202.
"Explaining Civil-Military Relations in Complex Political Environments: India and Pakistan in
Comparative Perspective." Security Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (April 2008), pp. 322-362.
"Ten Ways to Lose at Counterinsurgency." With Kelly Greenhill. Civil Wars, Vol. 9, No. 4
(December 2007), pp. 402-419.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
"Foreign Policy Making in India in the Pre-Liberalization and Coalition Era. " In Amitabh
Mattoo and Happymon Jacob, eds., Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy: India's 'Neo-Federal'
Foreign Policy (New Delhi: Routledge, forthcoming).
"Resentment, Fear, and the Structure of the Military in Multiethnic States." With Roger Petersen.
In Stephen Saideman and Marie-Joelle Zahar, eds., Insecurity in Intrastate Conflicts:
Governments, Rebels, and Outsiders (London: Routledge, 2008).
Selected Other Publications
Analyzing Religious Politics and Violence. With Gregory Treverton (Santa Monica, Cal.: RAND
Corporation, MG-564, forthcoming).
S tani/and - CV 2
"Improving India's Counterterrorism Policy after Mumbai." CTC Sentinel, Combating Terrorism
Center at West Point, Vol 2, No. 4 (April 2009), pp. 11-14.
"The Challenge of Islamist Militancy in India." CTC Sentinel, Combating Terrorism Center at
West Point, Vol. 1, No. 2 (January 2008), pp. 14-16.
The US, India, and the Persian Gulf: Convergence or Divergence in a Post-Iraq World:
Workshop Summary Report, MIT Center for International Studies Persian Gulf Initiative, 2007.
"Defeating Transnational Insurgencies." Washington Quarterly, Volume 29, No. 1 (Winter 2005-
2006), pp. 21-40.
Selected Op-Eds
"Pakistan's Stakes in Afghanistan." The Friday Times (Lahore), May 8-14, 2009.
"When talking with terrorists makes sense." Christian Science Monitor, May 29, 2008.
"Pakistan on the Brink: Regional Perspectives and Implications," Audit of the Conventional
Wisdom 07-21, MIT Center for International Studies, November 2007.
"Diversify Iraqi security forces." With Roger Petersen. Christian Science Monitor, March 7,
2006.
Book Reviews
"Explaining Rebel Strategies." Review of Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence,
by Jeremy Weinstein, Review of Politics, Vol. 70, No. 1 (Winter 2008), pp 129-131.
Working Papers
"The Poisoned Chalice: Military Culture, Contentious Politics, and Cycles of Regime Change in
Pakistan." (Under review)
"Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Fragmentation: Trajectories of Militancy in Kashmir and
Pakistan." (June 2009)
"Voting, Violence, and the Political Economy of Insurgency on the Indian Periphery." (June
2009)
"Indian Security Strategy in the 21 st Century." With Vipin Narang. (May 2009)
Awards and Fellowships
Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship, Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, MacMillan Center
for International and Area Studies, Yale University, 2009-10
Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Freeman
Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, 2009-10 (declined)
Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship, U.S. Institute of Peace 2009-10 and 2008-9 (declined)
S tani/and - CV 3
Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship, International Security Program and Intrastate Conflict
Program, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of
Government, Harvard University, 2008-9
World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship for dissertation fieldwork in South Asia, Smith
Richardson Foundation, 2008
Summer Study Grant for dissertation fieldwork in Northern Ireland, Center for International
Studies, MIT, 2008
Graduate Summer Travel Grant for dissertation fieldwork in Northern Ireland, Minda de
Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 2007
Summer Study Grant for dissertation fieldwork in Northern Ireland, Center for International
Studies, MIT, 2007
Distinction on Ph.D General Examination, 2006
Ithiel de Sola Pool Fellow as outstanding student in first-year Ph.D cohort, MIT Department of
Political Science, 2005
MIT Presidential Fellow, 2004-5
Undergraduate Fellow, Program on International Security Policy, University of Chicago, 2002-3
Relevant Professional Experience
Dr. Roger Petersen, Associate Professor of Political Science, MIT
• Research Assistant, June 2005 - December 2006; 2007-8 academic year
Department of Political Science, MIT
• Teaching Assistant, Visiting Professor Flynt Leverett, Spring 2007, "The Geopolitics and
Geoeconomics of Global Energy." Teaching material and evaluations are on my website.
National Security Research Division, RAND Corporation
• Summer Associate, June-August 2006
Dr. John Mark Hansen, Dean of the Social Sciences Division and Hutchinson Distinguished
Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago
• Research Assistant, September 2002 - June 2004
Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, City of Chicago
• Intern, June-August 2003
U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, Washington, D.C. Office
• Intern, July - August 2002
Dr. Stathis Kalyvas, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago (now the
Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science, Yale University)
• Research Assistant, March - June 2002
Professional Activities
S taniland - CV 4
Member of Steering Committee, Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy, European
Consortium for Political Research, 2008-present
Manuscript reviewer for International Security and Security Studies
Rapporteur, Workshop on India and the Persian Gulf, MIT Center for International Studies
Persian Gulf Initiative, March 20-22, 2007
Student Co-Sponsor, MIT Working Group on Insurgency and Irregular Warfare, 2005-6 and
2006-7 academic years
Student member, International Relations Junior Faculty Search Committee, Autumn 2005
University of Michigan ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods, June 27-July 22,
2005 Regression II: Linear Models, Mathematical Models: Game Theory
Member, APSA (2004-present) and ISA (2008-present)
Selected Presentations and Panels
Discussant, Rebel Governance Conference, MacMillan Center for International and Area
Studies, Yale University, October 2-4, 2009
Presenter, "Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Fragmentation: Trajectories of Militancy in
Kashmir and Pakistan, " Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence, Yale University, September
30, 2009
Presenter, "Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Fragmentation: Trajectories of Militancy in
Kashmir and Pakistan, " Tenth Annual New Faces in International Security Conference, Triangle
Institute for Security Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill, September 11-12, 2009 (invited presentation)
Discussant and chair, "Actor Fragmentation and Civil Conflict " panel, American Political
Science Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, September 2009
Presenter, "Partition Legacies and Militant Mobilization in Ireland and Kashmir, " Partition
Violence Conference, University of Chicago, May 1-2, 2009 (invited presentation)
Presenter, "Explaining Armed Group Cohesion and Fragmentation: Kashmir, Northern Ireland,
and Sri Lanka in Comparative Perspective "
• Association for the Study of Nationalities, April 23, 2009
• Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, March 12, 2009
• Harvard University Political Violence and Civil War Seminar, November 17, 2008
Presenter, "The Poisoned Chalice: Explaining Cycles of Regime Change in Pakistan "
• Naval War College, March 10, 2009 (invited presentation)
• American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, August 31, 2008
Presenter, "When Does Ethnic Mobilization Lead to Ethnic War? Comparative Evidence from
South Asia, " International Studies Association Annual Convention, February 18, 2009
S tani/and - CV 5
Discussant, "Post Conflict Stabilization " panel, American Political Science Association Annual
Meeting, Boston, MA, August 30, 2008
Presenter, "Explaining Armed Group Cohesion and Fragmentation in Kashmir and Northern
Ireland (and Sri Lanka?), " Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 3, 2008
Discussant, International Conference on Northeast India and its Transnational Neighbourhood,
Asian Borderlands Research Network, IIT-Guwahati, Assam, India, January 16-18, 2008
Poster Presenter, "Leashing and Unleashing the Dogs of War: Explaining Cohesion,
Fragmentation, and Control in Armed Political Groups, " American Political Science Association
Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, September 1, 2007
Discussant, "The Internal Politics of Insurgency, Rebellion, and Terrorism" panel, American
Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 31, 2007
Presenter, "Manipulating Militancy: Political Elites, Violent Non-State Actors, and the
Dynamics of Militarized Politics, " Harvard-MIT-Yale Civil Conflict Conference, April 28, 2007
Presenter, "Explaining the Rise of Urban Insurgency, " Harvard University Civil Conflict
Workshop, February 16, 2007
Chair, "Insurgency and Counterinsurgency " panel, American Political Science Association
Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, P A, September 1, 2006
Dissertation Fieldwork and Affiliations
India (Sept. 2007-January 2008, April-May 2008; July 2009) - Centre for Policy Research, New
Delhi
Northern Ireland (June-August 2007, June-July 2008) - Queen's University-Belfast
Sri Lanka (February-April 2008; June-July 2009) - Centre for Policy Alternatives, Colombo
Languages
Italian (proficient)
Hindi (beginner/intermediate)
Urdu (beginner/intermediate)
French (reading)

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