Jason Lyall, Ph.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research focuses on the dynamics of political violence in civil and interstate wars, with a particular emphasis on Russia and Afghanistan, where he conducts fieldwork. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, Foreign Affairs, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and World Politics. This research has been supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Minerva Initiative, the MacArthur Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace. He also blogs occasionally at the Monkey Cage. You can follow him on Twitter.