Past Event

Book Talk: “Violent Victors" with Sarah Zuckerman Daly

April 4, 2023
2:15 PM - 4:00 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 707

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies’ Emerging Voices in National Security and Intelligence Program, The Institute of Latin American Studies, and the Political Science Department at Columbia University present: 

Book Talk: “Violent Victors: Why Bloodstained Parties Win Postwar Elections” with Sarah Daly

Sarah Zukerman Daly, Author; Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science; Member, The Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University

Moderated by Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

Tuesday, April 4, 2023
707 International Affairs 


One of the great puzzles of electoral politics is how parties that commit mass atrocities in war often win the support of victimized populations to establish the postwar political order. Violent Victors traces how parties derived from violent, wartime belligerents successfully campaign as the best providers of future societal peace, attracting votes not just from their core supporters but oftentimes also from the very people they targeted in war.

Drawing on more than two years of groundbreaking fieldwork, Sarah Daly combines case studies of victim voters in Latin America with experimental survey evidence and new data on postwar elections worldwide. She argues that contrary to oft-cited fears, postconflict elections do not necessarily give rise to renewed instability or political violence. 

About the Author

Sarah Zukerman Daly is an associate professor of political science at Columbia University. She has been a visiting associate research scholar in Latin American Studies at Princeton University, a pre-doctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and a post-doctoral fellow in the Political Science Department and at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Her book, Organized Violence after Civil War: The Geography of Recruitment in Latin America, was published by Cambridge University Press in its Comparative Politics series in 2016.

In-person attendance is public. Virtual attendance registration link HERE.

Contact Information

Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies