Paul Staniland is faculty chair of the Committee on International Relations and also co-directs the Program on International Security Policy and Program on Political Violence. His research focuses on political violence and international security, particularly in South Asia. Assoc. Prof. Staniland’s book Networks of Rebellion: Explaining Insurgent Cohesion and Collapse (2014) won several awards, and he has published widely in academic and policy journals.
He has also published journal articles on militias, side-switching in civil wars, democracy and foreign policy, indirect rule, civil-military relations, and the relationship between violence and democracy. Current work in progress, other than the current book project, examines the domestic politics of Indian foreign policy, political violence in Sri Lanka, leftist insurgency in democracies, and Pakistan’s military.