While my research focuses primarily on individuals, I maintain a general interest in security and foreign policy.  From a methodological perspective, I am interested in how changes in the underlying definition of "conflict" affect the comparability of cases and the composition of data sets.  From a substantive perspective, I am interested in the causes and consequences of conflict-related decision-making.


International Recognition

Landau-Wells, Marika. "High Stakes and Low Bars: How International Recognition Shapes the Conduct of Civil Wars," International Security, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Summer 2018): 100-137, doi:10.1162/ISEC_a_00321

Supplementary materials (Harvard Dataverse): doi:10.7910/DVN/72GCGD

Landau-Wells, Marika. “Capital Cities in Civil Wars: The Locational Dimension of Sovereign Authority,” Occasional Paper 6, Crisis States Research Center, London School of Economics.  April, 2008.

studying conflict

“The Paradox of Revolutions: How Can We Isolate the Causal Effects of Transformative Events?” (Working Paper with Kai Thaler, Harvard)