My book “From Civilians to Soldiers” was published by the Amsterdam University Press.
What motivates young people to join armed movements and participate in civil war violence?
To answer this question, I spent a year in South Sudan to interview members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). During in-depth interviews, they spoke about their lives before the war, their political orientation, and their eventual decision to join the SPLM and become a fighter.
Drawing on this rich interview material my analysis offers insight into the micro-level drivers of civil war violence. Grounded in the experiences of the fighters, I reflects on the complex process of post-conflict demilitarization.