Kars de Bruijne

Senior Research Fellow


  • Security and Justice
  • Security and Defence
  • Strategic Foresight

Kars de Bruijne is a Senior Research Fellow at Clingendael's Security Unit. At the Security Unit, Kars heads the Connected Security programme focussing on how state actors undermine and how political violence in and outside Europe impact European security interests. In addition, he is an expert on political violence (conflict dynamics, gangs and rebel movements) elite politics and subnational governance in West Africa.

Kars holds a PhD in conflict studies on rationalist explanations for (civil) conflict and degrees in International Relations, History, and Philosophy. Previously, he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) heading the Syria and later West Africa Desk, Programme Manager at the Centre for European Security Studies, Lecturer at the University of Groningen and as an Independent Consultant for various organizations.

His research involves qualitative (interviews, content analysis, FGDs process tracing, archival research) and quantitative (geo-referenced conflict data and regression data) mixed-methods. He conducted extensive fieldwork with the Revolutionary United Front (2012-2015) and various street gangs (2018-2019) in Sierra Leone as well as fieldwork in Turkey (2008/2009), Slovenia (2014), Ghana (2012) and Cote d’Ivoire (2019).

A list of selected publications can be found here

My work



Security and Defence

Four scenarios for the Ivorian Presidential elections

21 October 2020 - 22:06
Conflict and Fragility

Corona and the Sahel: Lessons from Ebola

07 May 2020 - 09:14
Strategic Foresight

Global Security Pulse: (Russian) political warfare

30 August 2018 - 13:55
Security and Defence

Chemical weapons in Syria

11 July 2018 - 14:26
Strategic Foresight

Global Security Pulse: General Security Scan

28 June 2018 - 17:57
Strategic Foresight

Global Security Pulse: Migration & Security

31 May 2018 - 15:23
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