Dr Henning Tamm, Lecturer
Dr Henning Tamm joined the School of International Relations in September 2016. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and a Predoctoral Fellow with the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He received his DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford.
Dr Tamm’s research focuses on the causes of external support for rebel groups, the interaction between state sponsors and rebels, and the impact of sponsorship on group cohesion.
His current book project, entitled “Transnational Alliances and Power Politics in Africa,” builds on his DPhil thesis, which won Oxford’s 2014 Dasturzada Dr Jal Pavry Memorial Prize. The writing of the thesis was supported by a Dissertation Fellowship from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
Dr Tamm has conducted field research in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda, as well as archival research in Belgium. He is a co-founder of the Oxford Central Africa Forum (OCAF).
- “Rebel Leaders, Internal Rivals, and External Resources: How State Sponsors Affect Insurgent Cohesion.” International Studies Quarterly, Vol. 60, No. 4 (December 2016), pp. 599–610.
- “The Origins of Transnational Alliances: Rulers, Rebels, and Political Survival in the Congo Wars.” International Security, Vol. 41, No. 1 (Summer 2016), pp. 147–181.
- “Rational Choice and Principal-Agent Theory.” With Duncan Snidal. In Thomas G. Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, eds., International Organization and Global Governance (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 132–143.
Reports for the Rift Valley Institute’s Usalama Project
- “UPC in Ituri: The External Militarization of Local Politics in North-Eastern Congo.” Usalama Project: Understanding Congolese Armed Groups (London: Rift Valley Institute, 2013). [English] [French translation]
- “FNI and FRPI: Local Resistance and Regional Alliances in North-Eastern Congo.” Usalama Project: Understanding Congolese Armed Groups (London: Rift Valley Institute, 2013). [English] [French translation]
- “The Costs and Benefits of Intervention by Proxy” (review essay on two recent books on proxy warfare). Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Vol. 8, No. 4 (December 2014), pp. 381–386.
- “Making Sense of Failure: A Review of Theodore Trefon’s ‘Congo Masquerade.’” On African Arguments Online, hosted by the Royal African Society, October 13, 2011.
Policy workshop reports
- “Experts Workshop Report: Dynamics of Conflict and Forced Migration in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” With Claire Lauterbach. Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, January 2011. [English (PDF)] [French translation (PDF)]
- “Coalitions and Defections in a Context of Uncertainty – A Report from Ituri (Part II).” On Jason Stearns’ Congo Siasa blog, August 27, 2012.
- “Coalitions and Defections in a Context of Uncertainty – A Report from Ituri (Part I).” On Jason Stearns’ Congo Siasa blog, August 24, 2012.
- Armed Conflict in Postcolonial Africa (IR3070)
- Rebels, Terrorists, Militias: The Comparative Analysis of Armed Groups (IR4563)
- International Security (IR5001)
- Foreign Policy Analysis and International Security: lectures on African Foreign Policies (IR1006)
- Issues in International Relations: lectures on Waging War (IR2006)
- Honours Dissertation: lecture on Case Studies and Comparative Case Study Methods (IR4099)
- armed groups
- state-rebel alliances
- conflict and security in Africa.