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Afghanistan After 2014

Aid, Violence, and Post-2014 Afghanistan

About The Speaker


Jason Lyall is currently Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is also affiliated with the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
He is also Technical Adviser for USAID’s MISTI Initiative in Afghanistan (since April 2012).

His research explores the dynamics and effects of violence in conventional and guerrilla wars, with emphasis on Afghanistan and Russia’s Northern Caucasus (particularly Chechnya). His work draws on diverse methods, ranging from historical and cross-national comparisons to field, survey and “natural” experiments. 

He is currently working on two book projects: (1) Paths of Ruin, which explores how identity type shapes military effectiveness in conventional wars since 1800; and (2) Death from Above, which examines the behavioral effects of airstrikes on insurgents and civilian populations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also conducting fieldwork that explores how economic assistance and coercion interact to affect attitudes and behavior of civilians and insurgents alike in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other locations.

His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Foreign Affairs, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Politics. He has received the MPSA’s 2013 Pi Sigma Alpha Prize and 2009 Kellogg-Notre Dame Award as well as the 2007 APSA Helen Dwight Reid Prize for Best Dissertation in International Relations, Law, and Politics. He was also awarded the 2007 Stanley Kelley Jr. Prize for Teaching Excellence in Princeton University’s Politics Department, where he previously taught.

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the United States Institute for Peace, and the Macarthur Foundation, among others, have supported his research.

He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies, a Visiting Scholar at the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia, and a Research Fellow at the Counterinsurgency Training Center (CTC-A) and CAAT Academic Research Team (CART) in Afghanistan.