Rachel Sweet is an assistant professor of politics and global affairs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, a core faculty member of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and a concurrent faculty member with the Department of Political Science.
Sweet’s research focuses on armed conflict, governance, and state capacity in fragile environments, and the methodology and data of studying civil wars and armed violence. Her work bridges academic rigor with practical engagement to improve conflict policy. Sweet’s broader research on state-rebel relations examines how parallel networks in national militaries collude with armed groups, and the implications this has for international intervention. She also studies rebels’ strategic use of misattribution in civil war violence, and property rights enforcement in informal settings. She is currently examining global health security and how prior experiences of violence shape community resistance to international and government intervention during public health emergencies.
Sweet is currently working on a book that examines the varied relationships that form between armed groups and low-level state administrators during war.
She has worked with the United Nations Office of the Secretary General-Special Envoy to the African Great Lakes as an armed group expert, as a conflict expert with the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission, and as a lead conflict investigator with the Congo Research Group and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Sweet is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University. She earned an MA and a PhD in political science from Northwestern University.
Working paper (non-Kellogg)
Kellogg Appoints 12 New Faculty Fellows in Fall 2019
Dec 20, 2019
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies appointed 12 new faculty fellows in the fall of 2019.
Militarizing the Peace: UN Intervention Against Congo’s ‘Terrorist’ Rebels
Jun 2, 2019
Rachel Sweet, argues that the militarily aggressive intervention of the United Nations to target rebel forces is not working. In the Lawfare blog article it discusses how the United Nation's efforts to resolve Congo's civil war often results in failure.