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Niklas Karlén is Assistant Professor in War Studies at the Swedish Defence University. He received his PhD from the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University.
His main research interests cover third-party interventions, international dimensions of civil war and US foreign policy. His current work focuses on external state support to warring parties, invitations to intervene, proxy warfare, foreign policy decision-making, and frozen conflicts. Dr. Karlén’s work has appeared in outlets such as Journal of Peace Research, Security Studies, International Studies Review, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, and Civil Wars. In his research he mainly uses quantitative methods, comparative approaches and social network analysis.
Interventions; External support; International dimensions of civil war; US foreign policy; Research methods; Alliances; Proxy warfare; Security assistance; Strategic decision-making
Changing Commitments : Shifts in External State Support to RebelsPart of Civil Wars
External support in armed conflicts: Introducing the UCDP external support dataset (ESD), 1975–2017Part of Journal of Peace Research
Forum: Conflict Delegation in Civil WarsPart of International Studies Review
Building a Safety Net : Explaining the Strength of Ex-Military NetworksPart of Security Studies
Escalate to De-Escalate? : External State Support and Governments’ Willingness to NegotiatePart of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism
Niklas Karlén Swedish Defense University Universitetslektor