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Barbara F. Walter

Professor of Political Science

bfwalter@ucsd.edu

Phone:
(858) 822-0775
Fax: (858) 534-3939

9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519

Office: #1323

Education

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1994 (political science)
M.A., University of Chicago, 1991 (political science)
B.A., Bucknell University, 1986 (political science and German)

Biography


Read her blog:

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  • Winner of the 2014 International Studies Association (ISA) Award for Best Blog Post of the Year
  • Winner of the 2014 ISA Award for Best Group Blog
  • Winner of the 2013 ISA Award for Most Promising New Blog
  • Winner of the 2013 ISA Award for Best Blog Post of the Year

CV

Barbara F. Walter is a Professor of International Relations and Pacific Studies and Affiliated Faculty of Political Science. She has also been a fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University, the War and Peace Institute at Columbia University, and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

Professor Walter is an expert on international security, with an emphasis on civil wars (including war endings and repeat civil wars) and terrorism/counter-terrorism. Her current research interests include the organization and behavior of rebel groups during civil war, as well as the rise of Islamic extremism. Walter is on the board of The American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution and International Studies Quarterly. She is also the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Guggenheim and Smith Richardson Foundations.

Expertise

Professor Walter is an authority on international security, with an emphasis on civil wars (including war endings and repeat civil wars) and terrorism/counter-terrorism.

Media:

  • "Why Assad Will Fight to the End," Al Jazeera Opinion. February 10, 2013.
  • "Setting an Online Example in Educating Women," with Lisa Martin. Los Angeles Times. January 25, 2013.
  • "How Violence in Mexico is Designed to Work," with Alberto Diaz-Cayeros. Guest Blog. The Monkey Cage, November 10, 2011.
  • "Why Didn't Gaddafi Go Into Exile?," Guest Blog. The Monkey Cage, October 25, 2011.
    • Linked to by The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan. October 25, 2011.
    • Reprinted in The American Prospect, December 14, 2011.
  • "A Win-Win Streategy for the Palestinians," with Andrew Kydd, Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2011.
  • "Conflict Relapse and the Sustainability of Post-Conflict Peace," Data and Conflict Trend Paper Written for the World Bank, World Development Report, 2011.
  • "Fear and Flying -- What Terrorists Count On," with Andrew Kydd, Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2010.
    • Reprinted as 'Why Do Terrorist Focus on Planes? At Least Five Reasons," Atlantic City Press, February 7, 2010.
  • "Counter-Terror Versus Counter-Insurgency in Afghanistan," San Diego Union Tribune, October 9, 2009.
  • "Winning The Peace," Op-Ed. Los Angeles Times, August 2, 2009.
  • "Counter-Terror not Counter-Insurgency in Afghanistan,” San Diego Union Tribune, October 9, 2009, Opinion-Editorial.
  • “Too Soon To Leave Iraq,” Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2009, Opinion-Editorial. 
  • “You Can’t Win With Civil Wars,” Op-Ed. Los Angeles Times, October 2, 2007.
  • “Too Soon To Leave Iraq,” Op-Ed. Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2009.
  • “Expert on Civil Wars Says the Conflict in Iraq is Probably Far from Over,” KPBS Radio San Diego. October 9, 2007. 
  • “Wariness, Not Hatred, Keeps Civil Wars Raging,” quoted by Shankar Vedantam. Washington Post, May 7, 2007.
  • “And Now, Back to the War: Some See Pullout Shortening Conflict,” quoted by Sebastian Mallaby. Washington Post, November 6, 2006.
Affiliations:

Member, American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, Peace Sciences Association, Women in International Security.

Advisory Board, Minorities at Risk Project.

Editorial Boards:
- American Political Science Review
- Journal of Politics
- International Organization
- Journal of Conflict Resolution
- International Studies Quarterly

Research Interests

Working Papers:

The Organization and Behavior of Rebel Groups. Book Project.

"When and Why Extremists Thrive During Civil War," Research Article.

"Justice, Deterrence, and the International Criminal Court," with Emilie Hafner-Burton. May 2011.

How Terrorism Works and What We Can Do to Stop It.  May 2011. Book Project. 

Data Sets:

1.  The Civil War Resolution Dataset. Replication data for Barbara F. Walter.  Committing to Peace: The Successful Settlement of Civil Wars, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002). Data File (.xls) | Codebook (.pdf)

2.  Recurring Civil War Dataset. Replication data for Barbara F. Walter “Does Conflict Beget Conflict? Explaining Recurring Civil War,” Journal of Peace Research. Vol. 41, no. 3 (May 2004). Data File (ZIP file of .dta) | Codebook (.pdf)

3.  Government Accommodation of Separatist Groups Dataset. Replication data for Barbara F. Walter “ Building Reputation: Why Governments Fight Some Separatists But Not Others,” American Journal of Political Science, (Spring 2006). Data File (.xls)

4.  Self-Determination Movement Dataset. Replication data for Barbara F. Walter “Information, Uncertainty and the Decision to Secede,” International Organization. Vol. 60, no. 1 (Winter 2006). Data File (ZIP file of .dta).

5.  Bad Governance and Repeat Civil War Dataset. Replication data for Barbara F. Walter “Why Bad Governance Leads to Repeat Civil War,” Journal of Conflict Resolution, (Spring 2014).

Recent Publications

Walter, Barbara F. "Why Bad Governance Leads to Repeat Civil War," Journal of Conflict Resolution. 58.2 (2014).

Denny, Elaine and Barbara F. Walter. "Ethnicity and Civil War," Journal of Peace Research. 51.2 (2014): 199-212.

Maliniak, Daniel; Ryan Powers; and Barbara F. Walter. "The Gender Citation Gap in International Relations." International Organization 67.4 (2013): 889-922.

Tingley, Dustin H., and Barbara F. Walter. "The Effect of Repeated Play on Reputation Building: An Experimental Approach." International Organization 65.2 (2011): 343-65.

Tingley, Dustin H., and Barbara F. Walter. “Can Cheap Talk Deter? An Experimental Analysis.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 55.6 (2011): 996-1020

Walter, Barbara F. Reputation and Civil War: Why Separatist Conflicts Are So Violent. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Walter, Barbara F. "Bargaining Failures and Civil War." Annual Review of Political Science 12 (2009): 243-61.

Kydd, Andrew H., and Barbara F. Walter. "The Strategies of Terrorism." International Security 31.1 (2006): 49-80.

Walter, Barbara F. "Building Reputation: Why Governments Fight Some Separatists but Not Others." American Journal of Political Science 50.2 (2006): 313-30.

Walter, Barbara F. "Information, Uncertainty and the Decision to Secede." International Organization 60.1 (2006): 105-35.


Professor Walter is also a founder and lead author of the blog Political Violence @ a Glance.