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Dr Klejda Mulaj

PhD in International Relations (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2004)

Senior Lecturer


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I study conflict, security, and peace – with particular reference to political violence in the context of genocide and crimes against humanity, nationalism, state formation, and postconflict rebuilding. My latest work explores effects of genocide in its aftermath and has resulted in a volume published with Oxford University Press (2021) entitled Postgenocide: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Effects of Genocide. In other recent work I have analysed how violence of war contributes to the constitution of the political community, the result of which has been published in Review of International Studies (Cambridge University Press). Previously I have done extensive work on the causes and consequences of war/s and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans in the setting of the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, results of which have been published in various peer-reviewed journals and one book entitled Politics of Ethnic Cleansing (Lexington Books / Rowman & Littlefield, 2008, 2010). I am also editor and author of a volume entitled Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics (2010), published jointly with Hurst and Columbia University Press, which investigates conditions that give rise to violent non-state actors (VNSAs) and the correlations between VNSAs and the environment that creates and nurtures them.

          I have taught at university level since 2001, and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

          I welcome PhD proposals on any aspect of conflict analysis and postconflict rebuilding.

Recent Publications 

Postgenocide: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Effects of Genocide, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2021.

'On State Building and Wicket Problems: Stateness, Nationhood, and Mimicry', International Studies 56(2-3) 2019.

'Violence of War, Ontopology, and the Instrumental and Performative Constitution of the Political Community', Review of International Studies 44(1) 2018. 

'Limitations in Attributing State Responsibility under the Genocide Convention', Journal of Human Rights 17(1) 2018, Co-authored with Professor Kevin Aquilina.

'Genocide and the Ending of War: Meaning, Remembrance and Denial in Srebrenica, Bosnia', Crime, Law and Social Change 68(1) 2017.

'War and State-Making at the End of Empire: Ottoman Collapse and the Formation of the Balkan States', Peace & Change 41(4) 2016.

Research interests

My research interests focus on the area of conflict, security, and peace studies with particular focus on war, crimes against humanity, state and people security, and postconflict rebuilding.

For a list of my publications, please refer to the tab 'PUBLICATIONS'.

Research supervision

I welcome PhD proposals on any aspect of conflict analysis; interpretations of war; genocide and other crimes against humanity; as well as postconflict rebuilding.

Other information


Courses Taught

At the University of Exeter:

  • Security Studies
  • Foreign Policy: Leadership, Power and Responsibility
  • War and Its Aftermath
  • Intervention and Statebuilding
  • Conflict, Security and Development in World Politics
  • Security and Terrorism
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies

At the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London:

  • The Ethics of War
  • Strategic Aspects of International Relations
  • The Structure of International Society

At Goldsmiths College, University of London:

  • Genocide, Violence and Reconciliation

At the University of Malta:

  • International Terrorism
  • Nationalism
  • Contemporary Warfare
  • European Security
  • International Criminal Court
  • Eastern Europe in Transition


Reviewer for the following Academic Journals:

European Journal of International Relations – the journal of the Standing Group on International Relations (SGIR) of the European Consortium for Political Research. Published by Sage.

Review of International Studies - published by Cambridge University Press.

International Affairs – edited at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London and published by Wiley-Blackwell.

International Political Sociology - published by Oxford University Press.

International Migration - edited at the University of Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of International Migration and published by Blackwell.

Millennium: Journal of International Studies - edited at the Department of International Relations of the LSE, and published by Sage.

International Peacekeeping - published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Terrorism and Political Violence - published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Cambridge Review of International Affairs - published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Civil Wars - published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Nationality Papers - published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Democratisation - published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis.

Europe-Asia Studies - published by Routledge / Taylor & Francis. 

Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies - published by Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia and European Union Studies Association New Zealand.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Member of the International Studies Association
  • Member of the Association for the Study of Nationalities
  • Member of the British International Studies Association

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