Kersti Larsdotter is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden, and she will be visiting the Security Studies Program at MIT between April 2012 and March 2013. Her research interests include civil wars, military interventions, and regional security organisations. Her current research project, funded by the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund, explores the regional dimension of civil wars. She investigates the regional pattern of external support to insurgents in the African Great Lakes region (DR Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda), and how this support can be managed by different forms of military interventions, such as peacekeeping and counterinsurgency operations, in order to achieve peace.
She received her Ph.D. in Peace and Development Research from the School of Global Studies, Gothenburg University, Sweden, in May 2011. Her dissertation, Military Interventions in Internal Wars: The Study of Peace or the Study of War?, systematically explores different disciplinary approaches to the study of military interventions and how disciplinary boundaries influences our knowledge of how to conduct such operations successfully. She used Afghanistan as a case. She holds a M.S. in Peace and Conflict Research from Uppsala University, a B.S. in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg, and a B.A. in History of Religion from Uppsala University.
Before coming to the SSP, Kersti was an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Research and a Deputy Director of Studies at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University. She has also been a Guest Researcher at the Department of Civil-Military Relations, Norwegian Institute of Defence Studies, and a Lecturer at the Department of War Studies, Swedish National Defence College.