PhD defence by Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón

Connecting expressions of discontent: The processes of escalation, de-escalation and recurrence of conflict in Colombia and South Africa
PhD student

Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón

Thursday 24 Nov 2022, 15:00 - 17:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Fabio Andres Diaz Pabon

On 24 November 2022 Fabio Andrés Díaz Pabón will defend his PhD thesis examining the different patterns of interconnection and disconnection between protests, protest campaigns and armed conflict.

He questions the dominant idea that protest and armed conflict are unrelated and asserts that different expressions of conflict can be studied as related. He argues that 'different' forms of conflict - protests, protest campaigns and armed conflict - can be understood and analysed as part of wider processes of collective action.

He explores three such processes:

  • escalation towards armed conflict
  • de-escalation away from armed conflict
  • recurrence of specific expressions of conflict across time

He argues that each one of these processes can be described in relation to country-specific changes in political freedoms, inequality, state strength, state legitimacy, and the provision of public services.

His focus is on South Africa and Colombia to examine the different patterns of interconnection and disconnection between protests, protest campaigns and armed conflict.

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Doctoral Board


Professor Wil Hout

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Mansoob Murshed
Dr Helen Hintjens

Full Doctoral Committee

Dr Carin Runciman, University of Edinburgh
Professor Scott Gates, University of Oslo
Dr Katrin Kamin, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Professor Arjun Bedi, ISS
Dr Shyamika Jayasundara-Smits, ISS
Dr Matthias Rieger, ISS

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The ceremony will begin promptly at 15.00 hrs in the Aula of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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