Government MA Program Information Session – November 15, 2017 – 5-6PM

Georgetown University - Graduate School of Arts & SciencesThe Department of Government at Georgetown University is hosting an information session on campus for prospective students interested in MA programs housed in the department. The programs featured in the session are as followed:

MA in American Government

MA in Conflict Resolution

MA in Democracy & Governance

Food and beverages will be served.

For questions about the event or graduate programs at the Department of Government, please contact Maricruz Luna (

***Please note the event address. The Department of Government’s MA Program Office is in the Car Barn building located on the intersection of 36th Street and Prospect Street. See the full address to the right.***

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Rivalry and Revenge: The Politics of Violence during Civil War – November 13, 2017

Rivalry and Revenge by Dr. Laia Balcells

Dr. Laia Balcells’ book talk on her newly published book, Rivalry and Revenge: The Politics of Violence during Civil War (2017).

What explains violence against civilians in civil wars? Why do groups kill civilians in areas where they have full military control and their rivals have no military presence? This innovative book connects pre-war politics to patterns of violence during civil war. It argues that both local political rivalry and local revenge account for violence against civilians. Armed groups perpetrate direct violence jointly with local civilians, who collaborate when violence can help them gain or consolidate local political control. As civil war continues, revenge motives also come into play, leading to spirals of violence at a local level. In an important contribution to the study of the Spanish Civil War, Balcells combines statistical analyses with ethnographic and qualitative research to provide new insights to scholars and academic researchers with an interest in civil war, politics and conflict processes. Rivalry and Revenge is theoretically and empirically rich, and it offers a theory and method generalizable to a wide set of cases.

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