Warlord Survival: The Delusion of State Building in Afghanistan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press (forthcoming).

Un monde fragmenté

Un monde fragmenté: Autour de la sociologie des Relations Internationales de Bertrand Badie (Paris: CNRS Editions, 2018). Edited with Delphine Allès and Stéphane Paquin.

Peer-reviewed articles 

From Rebel to Quasi-State: Governance, Diplomacy and Legitimacy in the Midst of Afghanistan’s Wars (1979-2001).Small Wars & Insurgencies 28: 4-5 (2017), 867-886.

The ‘Tribal Politics’ of Field Research: A Reflection on Power and Partiality in 21st-Century Warzones.Perspectives on Politics 14:4 (2016): 1011-1028. With Dipali Mukhopadhyay.

“Warlords, Intervention, and State Consolidation: A Typology of Political Orders in Weak and Failed.” Security Studies 25:1 (2016): 85-110.

Looking at the Individual in Liberia and Sierra Leone: From a Regional Conflict to a ‘Human Insecurity Complex.’” Human Security Journal 3 (January 2007).

Book chapters

“Du retournement à la fragmentation du monde.” In Un monde fragmenté: Autour de la sociologie des Relations Internationales de Bertrand Badie, edited by Delphine Allès, Romain Malejacq, and Stéphane Paquin. Paris: CNRS Editions (2018): 7-15. With Delphine Allès and Stéphane Paquin.

Pro-Government Militias.” In Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, edited by Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press (2017).

“Ahmad Shad Massoud: Rebellenbestuur en ‘warlord diplomacy’ in Afghanistan (1979 – 2001).” In De alledaagse rebel: Tien rebellengroepen in het Zuiden, edited by Jeroen Adam,  Bert Suykens, & Koen Vlassenroot. Ghent: Academia Press (2017): 213-228.

Coalition Challenges in AfghanistanWarlords and the Coalition in Afghanistan.” In Coalition Challenges in Afghanistan: The Politics of Alliance, edited by Gale A. Mattox & Stephen M. Grenier. Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press (2015): 31-44.


“L’influence des analyses théoriques de la conflictualité d’après-guerre froide dans la construction de la paix: L’exemple des conflits de la région du fleuve Mano.” In Understanding Africa’s Contemporary Conflicts, edited by Richard Bowd and Annie Chikwanha. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies (2010): 3-24.

Book reviews


“Dysfunctional Allies and Coalition Warfare,” Review of “NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone,” by David Auerswald and Stephen Saideman. Journal of International Organizations Studies 6.1 (Spring 2015): 69-70.

Blog posts

Yes, it’s possible to do research in conflict zones. This is how.The Washington Post Monkey Cage (April 2017). With Dipali Mukhopadhyay.

Afghanistan militias: after a decade of counter-insurrection efforts, what role do they play?” The Conversation (March 2017).

“Afghanistan: des milices pour quoi faire?” The Conversation (December 2016).

“What an Afghan Warlord-Turned Vice President Tells Us About Military Intervention and State Building,” Political Violence @ a Glance (May 2016).

“Kaboul: une violence incompréhensible vue d’Occident.” Rue 89 (November 2007).


Afghanistan: talibans, toujours vivants!” Alternatives Internationales hors-série 16 (Janvier 2015): 72-73.

Afghanistan: une campagne en chasse une autre,” Alternatives Internationales hors-série 14 (Janvier 2014): 132-133.

“Des hommes d’influence.” Diplomatie 54 (Février 2012).

“Les Seigneurs de Guerre Afghans dans l’Après-2001.” Nouvelles d’Afghanistan 134 (Octobre 2011): 6-9.

“Entre tradition et modernité, la justice coutumière au Bénin et au Mali.” ISS Policy Brief 12 (October 2009).

“Renforcer les droits des mineurs en conflit avec la loi, la justice juvénile au Bénin et au Mali.” ISS Policy Brief 11 (October 2009).

Work in progress

“The Demand Side of Rebel Governance.” With Adrian Florea.

“State Consolidating or State Subverting? Insurgent Realignments with Government Forces.” With Lee Seymour and Corinna Jentzsch.

“Hard Times for Rebel Narratives.” With William Reno.

“’Reculer pour mieux sauter’? Délégation et monopolisation de la violence en Afghanistan.” In Guerre & Reconfiguration du Politique, edited by Amandine Gnanguenon. With Christian Olsson.