Sebastian Schutte

Senior Researcher

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Schutte, Sebastian & Claire Kelling (2022) A Monte Carlo analysis of false inference in spatial conflict event studies, PLOS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266010.
Schutte, Sebastian; Constantin Ruhe & Andrew Linke (2021) How indiscriminate violence fuels conflicts between groups: Evidence from Kenya, Social Science Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2021.102653.
Schutte, Sebastian; Constantin Ruhe & Niranjan Sahoo (2021) How Fear of Violence Drives Intergroup Conflict: Evidence from a Panel Survey in India, Terrorism and Political Violence. DOI: 10.1080/09546553.2021.1903439.
Schutte, Sebastian; Jonas Vestby; Jørgen Carling & Halvard Buhaug (2021) Climatic conditions are weak predictors of asylum migration, Nature Communications 12: 2067–.
Schutte, Sebastian (2019) Politics or prejudice? Explaining individual-level hostilities in India’s Hindu–Muslim conflict, International Interactions 45(4): 666–692.
Schutte, Sebastian (2017) Geographic Determinants of Indiscriminate Violence in Civil Wars, Conflict Management and Peace Science 34(4): 380–405.
Schutte, Sebastian (2017) Regions at Risk: Predicting Conflict Zones in African Insurgencies, Political Science Research and Methods 5(3): 447–465.
Schutte, Sebastian (2017) Violence and civilian loyalties: Evidence from Afghanistan, Journal of Conflict Resolution 61(8): 1595–1626.
Schutte, Sebastian (2017) The Political Legacy of Violence: The Long-Term Impact of Stalin’s Repression in Ukraine, The Journal of Politics 79(4): 1147–1161.
Schutte, Sebastian (2015) Geography, outcome, and casualties: A unified model of insurgency, Journal of Conflict Resolution 56(6): 1101–1128.
Linke, Andrew; Sebastian Schutte & Halvard Buhaug (2015) Population Attitudes and the Spread of Political Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa, International Studies Review 17(1): 26–45.
Schutte, Sebastian & Karsten Donnay (2014) Matched wake analysis: Finding causal relationships in spatiotemporal event data, Political Geography 41: 1–10.
Helbing, Dirk; Dirk Brockmann; Thomas Chadefaux; Karsten Donnay; Ulf Blanke; Olivia Wooley-Meza; Mehdi Moussaid; Anders Johansson; Jens Krause; Sebastian Schutte & Matjaz Perc (2014) Saving human lives: what complexity science and information systems can contribute, Journal of Statistical Physics. DOI: 10.1007/s10955-014-1024-9.
Schutte, Sebastian (2012) Cooperation beats deterrence in cyberwar, Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy 18(3).
Schutte, Sebastian & Nils Weidmann (2011) Diffusion Patterns of Violence in Civil Wars, Political Geography 30(3): 143–152.
Schutte, Sebastian (2010) Optimization and falsification in empirical agent-based models, Journal of Aritificial Societies and Social Simulation 13(1).

Blog Posts

NATO Should Pursue Peace over Victory in Ukraine. Here Is Why and How.

Posted by Sebastian Schutte on Monday, 20 February 2023

In his foundational book on the causes of war, Kenneth Waltz observed that “[a]sking who won a given war […] is like asking who won the San Francisco earthquake. That in war there is no victory but only varying degrees of defeat is a proposition that has gained increasing acceptance ... Read more »

In 2016, I identified four future developments that would justify the Trump-Hitler comparison. Here are the results.

Posted by Sebastian Schutte on Friday, 12 February 2021

In 2016, comparing president-elect Donald Trump to all-time villain Adolf Hitler seemed overdrawn. It ultimately proved to be exaggerated in 2021, with the transition of power to Joe Biden completed. However, during his presidency, Trump has taken actions similar to the ones the Nazis used to consolidate their power. This ... Read more »

Reviewed Peer Review

Posted by Sebastian Schutte on Tuesday, 22 September 2020

In today’s blog in PRIO’s series marking Peer Review Week 2020, Sebastian Schutte discusses some of the weaknesses of the current blind peer review system and points to a possible solution: reviewing peer reviews. Recent debates on how to improve scientific publishing have largely focused on open access. This is ... Read more »

Preventing a Catastrophic COVID Crisis in America

Posted by Sebastian Schutte on Thursday, 26 March 2020

COVID-19 is the most severe pandemic since 1918. Beyond the harrowing humanitarian costs, large-scale economic disruptions are underway that can lead to crisis and conflict. The epidemiological advice is clear: flatten the curve, whatever it takes. Any society presented with the choice between world war-levels of casualties and temporary disruptions ... Read more »