New blog series: ‘Relational Approaches to Civil War’

The theme of this year’s Civil War Paths blog series is ‘Relational Approaches to Civil War’. For this blog series we invite authors to submit reflections which unpack different social relations involved in the dynamics of conflict and peace that their research addresses.

We’re looking for new blog posts which explore social relations within and between a range of:

  • Non-state armed groups;
  • Affected communities;
  • State actors; and/or
  • International actors

Blog guidelines

We ask contributors to submit according to the following guidelines:

  • Word count: maximum 800 words per piece (longer submissions will not be accepted)
  • Citations: strong preference for cross-reference with other Civil War Paths Blog contributions and accessible sources (podcasts, other blogs, documentaries, etc.) formatted as hyperlinks within the text
  • Images: high-quality visual sources very welcome, including photographs from fieldwork (image ownership will be accredited), data visualizations and profile pictures for each author
  • Structure: texts formatted with 3 subtitles:
    • introducing specific social relations to be addressed;presenting the core argument and empirical materials supporting the argument; and
    • spelling out the contribution of the piece to our understanding of relationality in civil war studies
  • Style: contributors are strongly recommended to read other posts from the blog to get an idea of writing style (and cross-reference each other’s contributions), our blog is published with British English spelling
  • Submissions will be accepted until 1 March 2025

Further questions and inquiries can be directed to Dr. Sayra van den Berg, the Civil War Paths blog editor: sayra.vandenberg[at]


Rebel Governance as Self-Legitimation: The Case of the FARC in Colombia

Dr. Wolfgang Minatti (he/him) is a visiting researcher at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). His research focuses on the legitimation of governance in international politics with a particular focus on violent non-state actors in civil wars. Furthermore, he is interested in fieldwork methodology and the ethics of qualitative research, having conducted extensive fieldwork in Colombia with ex-combatants and peasants.