Anders Themnér (formerly Nilsson)

Senior Researcher at NAI since January 2011.

Subject areas:
Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants (DDR), ex-combatant violence, informal military networks, post-civil war democratization, peacebuilding.
Geographical areas:
Liberia, West Africa
Contact:
anders.themner@nai.uu.se
+46 (0)18 471 52 69
+46 (0)70 167 96 69
Research areas:
Conflict and post-conflict

After Weah's win, Taylor allies waiting in the wings

Liberia. Liberia’s new president George Weah has promised to bring change to his country. However, according to NAI researcher Anders Themnér, rather than putting an end to old structures based on corruption and nepotism, the Weah presidency is likely to see...

Filmed interview with Anders Themnér

Warlords turn politicians

Peace-building. “Research shows that former warlords need to be included when building peace. However, in some cases they keep playing of fear when running for office”, NAI peace and conflict researcher Anders Themnér says.

Research project

Warlord Democrats in Africa
Together with Roxanna Sjöstedt and Mimmi Söderberg-Kovacs

Academic Background

Anders Themnér is a senior researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute (NAI) and an Associate Professor at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (DPCR), Uppsala University. His research focus is on post-civil war democratization; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants (DDR); and informal military networks in post-civil war societies. Some of Themnér’s recent publications include Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics (edited book, Zed Books, 2017), Violence in Post-Conflict Societies: Remarginalization, Remobilizers and Relationships (monograph at Routledge, 2011), and articles published in journals such as Civil Wars, Journal of Comparative Politics and Security Studies.

 

Warlord Democrats in Africa: Ex-Military Leaders and Electoral Politics

Africa Now Series - Edited by Anders Themnér. Published by the Nordic Africa Institute and Zed Books (April 2017). The first systematic study about what effect the electoral participation of ex-military leaders in Africa has on post-war security.

Finalized projects

The Informal Realities of Peacebuilding – Military Networks and Former Mid-Level Commanders in Post-War Liberia
2011-2014, together with Mats Utas and Ilmari Käihkö

Central Concepts in Peace and Conflict Research: Developing Mid-Term Indicators to Evaluate Peacebuilding
Finalized 2012

Climate Change, Natural Resource Governance and Conflict Prevention in Africa – Zambezi River Basin in Focus
Finalized 2012

External projects

Enhancing Development and Security on the Ground? Exploring the Effects of Top-Down and Bottom-Up Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation Processes
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Project host: Hugo Valentin Centre
The project is funded by Swedish Research Council (Development Research Section) and done in collaboration with Joakim Kreutz.

Arrested Development: The Dangerous Mix of Patronage and Justice in Post-Conflict Countries
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Project host: the Department of Peace and Conflict (DPCR) at Uppsala University
The project is funded by Swedish Research Council (Development Research Section) and done in collaboration with Joakim Kreutz.

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