Peer-reviewed articles 

“From Rebel to Quasi-State: Governance, Diplomacy and Legitimacy in the Midst of Afghanistan’s Wars (1979-2001).” Small Wars & Insurgencies (forthcoming).

“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.

“From Greed to Social Exclusion: Looking at the Individual in Liberia and Sierra Leone.” Human Security Journal 3 (January 2007).

Book chapters

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

“Ahmad Shad Massoud: Rebellenbestuur en ‘warlord diplomacy’ in Afghanistan (1979 – 2001).” In Rebellen Bestuur, edited by Jeroen Adam & Bert Suykens. Ghent: Academia Press (forthcoming).

“Warlords and the Coalition in Afghanistan.” In Coalition Challenges in Afghanistan: The Politics of Alliance, edited by Gale A. Mattox & Stephen M. GrenierCoalition Challenges in Afghanistan. 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.

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“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.


Yes, it’s possible to do research in conflict zones. This is how.The 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).

“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).

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

Work in progress

Warlord Survival: The Delusion of Statebuilding in Afghanistan. Book manuscript.

“From Rebel to Quasi-State: Governance, Diplomacy, & Legitimacy in the Midst of Afghanistan’s Wars (1979-2001).” Under review.

“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. Under review.