Caspar ten Dam

Caspar ten Dam is a conflict analyst specialised in the study of armed conflicts in the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia. Currently he is finalising a PhD study on Chechen and Albanian insurgents and the applicability of his own brutalisation theory on their aims and methods of violence. In his research and publications on general conflict trends he has mentioned such trends in Africa. In a more distant past he has studied events in Northern Africa (esp. Darfur) and South Africa. In the immediate future he wishes to test his brutalisation theory in political violence on several or more cases in Africa. 

He received his MA Political Science degree at Leiden University in 1997. Thereafter he worked for the Interdisciplinary Research Programme on Root Causes of Human Rights Violations (PIOOM), Leiden University, between 1998 and 2002. He wrote confidential reports, like one on the Kosovo conflict for the UN Office for Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP). Since then, he has been a freelance consultant and independent scholar, with a considerable publication record. Since its establishment in 2013 I have been executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal Forum of EthnoGeoPolitics.

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