The Politics After War is a research network for collaborative activities and knowledge sharing among researchers interested in dynamics of party politics, political mobilisation, state-society relations and the state in post civil-war contexts.
Our research focuses on rebel-to-party transformation, political parties, state-building and democratisation. We are particularly interested in the relationship between conflict type and ending, rebel group organisation and transformation, and the quality of electoral politics, peace and democracy in post-war societies.
Existing analysis of the politics of armed groups is predominantly limited to the transition phase. It explains the challenges of rebel group to political party transformation and the factors involved in a successful transition in terms of conflict endings and organisational legacies. But aspects of the transition, such as the type of conflict-ending and war time legacies, as well as armed group characteristics, such as ideology, identity, strength of social networks, and organisational structure, have far-reaching impacts on party politics, state building, peace and democracy well beyond the transition phase.