Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Arizona
Alex Braithwaite's teaching and research focuses upon the causes and geography of violent and nonviolent political conflict - including terrorism, protests, riots, civil war, and international wars. He has published two dozen articles and book chapters, including at Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Peace Research. He also published a book, Conflict Hotspots: Emergence, Causes, and Consequences, with Ashgate in July 2010. These publications collectively demonstrate that incidents of violent political conflict cluster in space and time, that openings in political opportunity structures encourage the contagion of violence between groups and across national borders, and that terrorist groups commonly exploit so-called spoiler opportunities in an attempt to derail plans for peace.