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McLauchlin, Théodore

Associate Professor

  • Assistant Director, Centre for International Peace and Security Studies



McLauchlin, Théodore

Research expertise

My research concerns the field of security and international and civil wars. In particular, I am interested in the organization and political lives of both state and non-state military forces. I am attempting to answer such questions as how certain armed forces remain united during sometimes lengthy wars, which always pose many challenges. Why do officers and soldiers choose one side or another in a civil conflict? How do the heads of an armed group react to the threat of disobedience and desertion, and how do soldiers react to their commanding officers' efforts in this regard? My research is both on a micro scale, studying those who fought in the Spanish Civil War, and macro, with the construction of a database on rebel groups in several hundred conflicts since 1945.

Areas of expertise

Current projects

  • When Soldiers Rebel: State Breakdown and Army-Splinter Wars
  • The Institutionalization of Armed Groups


David Quinn, Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Pelin Eralp, Victor Asal, et Theodore McLauchlin. « Crisis Managers but Not Conflict Resolvers: Mediating Ethnic Intrastate Conflict in Africa. » Conflict Management and Peace Science 30, no. 4 (septembre 2013): 387-406. cmp.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/07/10/0738894213491352.abstract

Theodore McLauchlin et Wendy Pearlman, “Out-group Conflict, In-group Unity? Exploring the Effect of Repression on Intra-Movement Cooperation.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 56, no. 1 (février 2012): 41-66. jcr.sagepub.com/content/56/1/41.short

Theodore McLauchlin, “Loyalty Strategies and Military Defection in Rebellion.” Comparative Politics 42, no. 3 (avril 2010): 333-350. www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cuny/cp/2010/00000042/00000003/art00005

T.V. Paul et Theodore McLauchlin, “Conclusion: Is a Pluralistic Security Community Feasible?” T.V. Paul (ed.), Weak States and South Asia’s Insecurity Predicament. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010, pp. 293-311.

Theodore McLauchlin, “Can You Go Home Again? Desertion and Control over Hometowns in Civil Wars.” Note de recherche no. 34, Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals. www.ibei.org/images/stories/papers/wp_ibei_34.pdf

Directed theses and dissertations available in Papyrus