Matanock, Aila M. 2017. Electing Peace: From Civil Conflict to Political Participation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2018 Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize Winner

2018 Conflict Research Society Book of the Year Prize Runner-Up

Reviewed by Hannah Smidt in Africa Spectrum, Richard Lappin in Democratization, Beth Simmons also in Democratization, Emily Beaulieu in Governance, Sanja Badanjak and Astrid Jamar in International Affairs, Kristian Skrede Gleditsch in Journal of Peace Research’s Book Notes, Daniela Donno in Perspectives on Politics (and also mentioned in another review by Ami Pedahzur in Perspectives on Politics).

Listed Political Violence at a Glance's 2017 Must-Read Pieces on Political Violence

Also see related Washington Post's Monkey Cage post here. Other media coverage from The Economist on Colombia (2017), The Economist on peace agreements (2018), Council on Hemispheric Affairs, El Espectador, and Ozy.

Articles and Invited contributions

Matanock, Aila M. forthcoming (2020). “How International Actors Help Enforce Domestic Deals.” Annual Review of Political Science 23(1): commissioned.

Lee, Melissa M., and Aila M. Matanock. forthcoming. “Third-Party Policymakers and the Limits of the Influence of Indicators.” The Power of Global Performance Indicators. Ed. Judith Kelley and Beth A. Simmons. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. [Author draft here (ungated).]

Matanock, Aila M. 2018. “External Engagement: Explaining the Spread of Electoral Participation Provisions in Civil Conflict Settlements.” International Studies Quarterly 62(3): 656–670. [Article here.][Author draft here (ungated).][Data here.]

Matanock, Aila M., and Paul Staniland. 2018. “How and Why Armed Groups Participate in Elections.” Perspectives on Politics 16(3): 710-727. [Article here (ungated).]

Also see related media coverage from The Print (India) here.

Matanock, Aila M., and Natalia Garbiras-Díaz.* 2018. “Considering Concessions: A Survey Experiment on the Colombian Peace Process” Conflict Processes and Peace Science: 35(6): 637-655. [Special Issue on Colombia.] [Article here.][Author draft here (ungated).][Online appendix here.]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post here.

Matanock, Aila M., and Miguel García-Sánchez. 2018. “Does Counterinsurgent Success Match Social Support? Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Colombia.” The Journal of Politics 80(3): 800-814. [Article here] [Author draft here (ungated).] [Data here.]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post here.

Aila M. Matanock. 2018. “How Elections Can Lead to Peace.” Foreign Affairs (online). April 25. [Article here.][Author draft here (ungated).]

Gary LaFree, Min Xie, and Aila M. Matanock. 2018. “Contagious Diffusion of World-Wide Terrorism: It is Less Common than We Might Think.” Studies in Conflict and Terrorism 41(4): 261-280. [Article here (ungated).]

Matanock, Aila M., and Miguel García-Sánchez. 2017. “The Colombian Paradox: Peace Processes, Elite Divisions, and Popular Plebiscites” Daedalus 146(4): 152-166 [Special Issue on Civil Wars]. [Article here (ungated).] [Online appendix here.]

Matanock, Aila M. 2017. “Bullets for Ballots: Electoral Participation Provisions and Enduring Peace after Civil Conflict.” International Security 41(4): 93-132. [Article here.] [Author draft here (ungated).] [Data here.]

Also Runner Up for the International Studies Association’s Peace Studies’ Kenneth E. Boulding Award

Matanock, Aila M. 2016. “Using Violence, Seeking Votes: Introducing the Militant Group Electoral Participation (MGEP) Dataset.” Journal of Peace Research 53(6): 845-853. [Article here.] [Author draft here (ungated).] [Data here.]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post here.

Berman, Eli, and Aila M. Matanock. 2015. “The Empiricists’ Insurgency.” Annual Review of Political Science 18(1): 443-464. [Article here.] [Author draft here (ungated).]

Also see related Political Violence @ a Glance post here.

Matanock, Aila M. 2014. “Governance Delegation Agreements: Shared Sovereignty as a Substitute for Limited Statehood.” Governance 27(4): 589-612. [Special Issue Edited by Krasner and Risse]. [Article here.][Author draft here (ungated).]

Also see related Monkey Cage post here.

PAPERS and Projects (in progress and under Review)

On electing peace:

“How Does Peacekeeping Help Secure Post-Conflict Peace?” (with Adam G. Lichtenheld*) [Working version here.] (under review)

On rebel parties:

“Candidates and Combatants: Why Do Simultaneous Electoral and Armed Campaigns Occur?” (with David A. Dow*)

On civilians in civil conflict:

“Experiments in Peacebuilding”

“Elite Cues and Information in Conflict Contexts” (with Natalia Garbiras-Díaz* and Miguel García-Sánchez)

“Living in Fear: The Dynamics of Extortion in Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency” (with Beatriz Magaloni, Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Gustavo Robles, and Vidal Romero) [Working version here.] (conditionally accepted)

On invited intervention:

Inviting Intervention: Statebuilding by Delegating Security

Book project with related papers:

“Shared Sovereignty in State-Building”

Awarded the American Political Science Association’s Foreign Policy Section’s Best Paper Award

“Untouchable Forces: Restoring Security in Weak States” (with Natalia Garbiras-Díaz*)

“Statebuilding and U.S. Reservations” (with Andrew Bertoli*)

On external efforts to influence:

“Consent that Binds: Understanding the Limits of Global Governance in Conflict-Affected States” (with Susanna P. Campbell)

“Examining Institutional and Counterinsurgency Effects of U.S. Military Aid” (with Leonardo R. Arriola and Michaela Mattes)

Also see related project here.

“Civic Education and Electoral Observation in Violent Elections (w. Leonardo R. Arriola, Manuela Travaglianti, and Justine M. Davis*)


“Learning to Share: Explaining the Conditions under Which States Delegate Governance,” Center for Global Development’s Working Paper Series, 181 (September 2009): 1-48.

* denotes a current or former UC-Berkeley student co-author.

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