Welcome to the website of Prof. Sabine C. Carey

RATE (Repression and the Escalation of Violence) is my research project,
funded by the European Research Council under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 336019.

The goal of the project is to explain the escalation and non-escalation of repression and intra-state armed conflict.  

Providing new data and analyses, we investigate how the government and its formal and informal security apparatus shape the dynamics of such violence, paying particular attention to the role of monitoring and accountability.

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University of Mannheim


RATE analyzes when and under what conditions what types of human rights violations lead to the escalation or deterrence of further repression and armed conflict. The project pays particular attention to the delegation of violence to and within formal and informal armed groups and the role of domestic and international mechanisms of monitoring and accountability. 

Research Agenda ›

The pro-government militia (PGM) project aims to increase our understanding of these groups and to make their relationship to government more transparent. It also houses and updates the Pro-Government Militias Database (PGMD).

Pro-Government Militias Project ›

You can find an overview of our working papers and publications here.


Papers & Publications 

We are currently building a new database that documents journalist who were reported to have been killed between the 2002 and 2014.

Press Freedom Data 

The two sets of case studies are expected to provide causal leverage in empirically test the mechanisms tested with quantitative methods and to highlight weaknesses in the argument to generate new questions for future research. 

Case Studies 

Project team.
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