Séverine Autesserre

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence

United States of America


Assistant Professor


Barnard College, Columbia University, New York



Mailing Address

Department of Political Science
Barnard College
Columbia University
3009 Broadway
New York, New York 10027-6598 USA

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: 212-854-4877
fax: 212-854-3024

Countries of Specialization

Democratic Republic of Congo

Research Interests

- Research on civil and international wars, international interventions,
and African politics

- Current research project on local violence and international
intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Teaching Interests

- African-studies related teaching: classes on African civil wars and on
aid and politics in Africa



Forthcoming 2010. The Trouble with the Congo: Local Violence
and the Failure of International Peacebuilding. Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press.

"Hobbes and the Congo: Frames, Local Violence, and International
Intervention," International Organization, Vol. 63, pp. 249-280, 2009.

"Penser les Conflits Locaux: L'Echec de l'Intervention Internationale au
Congo." L'Afrique des Grands Lacs: Annuaire 2007-2008. Paris :
L'Harmattan, 2008.

"The Trouble with Congo - How Local Disputes Fuel Regional Violence,"
Foreign Affairs, May/June 2008.

"D.R. Congo: Explaining Peace Building Failures, 2003-2006," Review of
African Political Economy, September 2007.

"Local violence, National Peace? Post-war .settlement. in the Eastern D.R.
Congo," African Studies Review, December 2006.

"The United States 'humanitarian diplomacy' in South Sudan," Journal of
Humanitarian Affairs, January 2002.

I am also working on a book: Local Violence, International Indifference?
The Failure of Peace Building in the Congo.


civil wars ; international wars ; international intervention ; African politics.