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American University
Conflict, security studies, Africa, Armed groups, Critical Security Studies
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About Me

Claire Metelits received her PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University. Her research focuses on security, non-state actors and state building, with an emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. She worked as an advisor to US Army TRADOC and US Africa Command from 2009-2013, and taught at Washington State University and Davidson College. She has conducted research on insurgent groups in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Uganda, Angola, Turkey, Colombia and Nicaragua and has interviewed members of the Taliban, the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA). She is the author of “Inside Insurgency” (2009), “Security in Africa” (2016), and co-editor of Democratic Contestation on the Margins: Regimes in Small African Countries (2015). She has published articles in African Security, Political Research Quarterly, Defense and Security Analysis, International Studies Perspectives, and Africa Today.

Recent Publications

Security in Africa (2016) Rowman and Littlefield

“Challenging U.S. Security Assessments in Africa.” African Security. (2016)

Claire Metelits and Stephanie Matti, editors. 2015. Democratic Contestation on the Margins: Regimes in Small African Countries. Lexington Books.

2015 – “Back to the Drawing Board: What the Recent Peace Agreement Means for South Sudan.” Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

Claire Metelits. 2010. Inside Insurgency: Violence, Civilians, and Revolutionary Group Behavior. New York University Press.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Eastern Africa; Western Sahara

Research Areas

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