Niklas Karlén

Senior Lecturer

War Studies


Department of War Studies and Military History

Strategy Division

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Niklas Karlén is Senior Lecturer 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 International Security, 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.

Research areas
Interventions; External support; International dimensions of civil war; US foreign policy; Research methods; Alliances; Proxy warfare; Security assistance; Strategic decision-making

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