Helge Holtermann

Senior Researcher and Managing Editor, Journal of Peace Research

Helge Holtermann
Helge Holtermann left PRIO in 2014. The information on this page is kept for historical reasons.

Research Interests

Helge Holtermann is a Senior Researcher and Managing Editor of the Journal of Peace Research. He has a PhD in political science from the University of Oslo. His PhD project focused on the linkages between economic development and the risk of civil war onset, and included cross-national analyses as well as a case study of the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. Current research interests include the causes of internal armed conflicts, mobilization into armed groups, the dynamics of violent and nonviolent contestation, and South Asian politics.  Holtermann's research has appeared  in Conflict Management and Peace ScienceInternational Security, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.



PhD in Political Science, University of Oslo, 2013
MA in Political Science, University of Oslo, 2007
BA in Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, 2005



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All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Buhaug, Halvard; Jonas Nordkvelle; Thomas Bernauer; Tobias Böhmelt; Michael Brzoska; Joshua W. Busby; Antonio Ciccone; Hanne Fjelde; Erik Gartzke; Nils Petter Gleditsch; Jack A. Goldstone; Håvard Hegre; Helge Holtermann; Vally Koubi; Jasmin S. A. Link; Peter Michael Link; Päivi Lujala; John O'Loughlin; Clionadh Raleigh; Jürgen Scheffran; Janpeter Schilling; Todd G. Smith; Ole Magnus Theisen; Richard S. J. Tol; Henrik Urdal & Nina von Uexkull (2014) One effect to rule them all? A comment on climate and conflict, Climatic Change 127(3): 391–397.
Holtermann, Helge (2014) Relative Capacity and the Spread of Rebellion: Insights from Nepal, Journal of Conflict Resolution 60(3): 501–529.
Holtermann, Helge (2014) How Can Weak Insurgent Groups Grow? Insights From Nepal, Terrorism and Political Violence 28(2): 316–337.
Holtermann, Helge (2012) Explaining the Development–Civil War Relationship, Conflict Management and Peace Science 29(1): 56–78.
Theisen, Ole Magnus; Helge Holtermann & Halvard Buhaug (2012) Climate Wars? Assessing the Claim that Drought Breeds Conflict, International Security 36(3): 79–106.
Buhaug, Halvard; Kristian Skrede Gleditsch; Helge Holtermann; Gudrun Østby & Andreas Forø Tollefsen (2011) It’s the Local Economy, Stupid! Geographic Wealth Dispersion and Conflict Outbreak Location, Journal of Conflict Resolution 55(5): 814–840.

PhD Thesis

Holtermann, Helge (2013) Economic Development, Rebel Mobilization, and Civil War Onset. PhD thesis, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Oslo.

Book Chapter

Hegre, Håvard & Helge Holtermann (2013) Poverty and Conflict, in Brown, Graham K.; & Arnim Langer, eds, Elgar Handbook of Civil War and Fragile States. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing (39–58).

Popular Article

Holtermann, Helge (2011) Med makta, mot folket, Klassekampen, 24 March.
Holtermann, Helge (2010) Splittet sikkerhet [Divided Security], Dagsavisen, 12 January.

Master Thesis

Conference Paper

Holtermann, Helge 2011 Economic Development and Insurgent Resource Mobilization in Nepal, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention, Montreal, , 15 March.
Holtermann, Helge 2011 Exploiting State Weakness: Insurgent Mobilization ‘On the Cheap’ in Nepal, presented at Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, , 16 March.
Theisen, Ole Magnus;Holtermann, Helge; & Buhaug, Halvard 2010Drought, Political Exclusion, and Civil War, presented at International Studies Association Annual Convention17–20 February.
Buhaug, Halvard; Kristian Skrede Gleditsch; Helge Holtermann & Gudrun Østby (2009) Poverty, Inequality, and Conflict: Using Within-Country Variation to Evaluate Competing Hypotheses, presented at 50th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association, New York, NY, 15–18 February.
Buhaug, Halvard;Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede;Holtermann, Helge; & Østby, Gudrun 2008Poverty, Inequality, and Conflict: Using Within-Country Variation to Evaluate Competing Hypotheses, presented at Peace Science Society (International)24 October.
Holtermann, Helge 2008Poverty and Civil War. An Assessment of Four Prominent Explanations of the Relationship Between Per Capita Income and Civil War, presented at Jan Tinbergen European Peace Science Conference2 July.

Book Review

Holtermann, Helge (2013) Review of Understanding Collective Political Violence, in Journal of Peace Research 50(3): 428–429.

Blog Posts

Nepal Moves Towards Democracy

Posted by Helge Holtermann & Scott Gates on Saturday, 8 February 2014

Democracy is to a large extent about parties being willing to accept electoral defeat. In Nepal the Maoist Party, previously engaged in guerrilla warfare, has done precisely this. A wave of election boycotts is sweeping across Asia. In Thailand’s election on 2 February the “Democrats” succeeded in preventing voting in ... Read more »