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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Tobey Berriault

Tobey Berriault
Tobey Berriault
African Studies School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
+44 (0) 7340850392
Research Interests
Peace and conflict, Cote d'Ivoire, State building, Political mobilization

PhD Title

Ex-combatant Political Engagement in Post-Conflict Côte d’Ivoire

Why do some ex-combatants mobilize to make financial and material gains and others do not? My research examines the political engagement activities of ex-combatants in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire. The activities examined include opposition party politics, mutiny, protest, forming associations, and writing letters. My research demonstrates that the choice of activity varies across groups, with the primary determinant being their own perceptions of whether they are the political ‘victors’ or the politically ‘defeated’ in the post-conflict period. It argues that these choices and subsequent actions are conditioned by past practices of governance and post-independence political norms.

My research shows that the most destabilizing forms of political engagement come from ex-combatants with the closest ties to political power, rather than from those who feel disgruntled and side-lined. This research is based on 12+ months of fieldwork in Côte d’Ivoire.


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Master of Arts, Political Science: University of Calgary

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science: University of Calgary