She presented her article on “Policing insurgency: are more militarized police more effective?” in a session on “Police and Military Forces in Dictatorships.” The article, published in the journal Small Wars & Insurgencies last fall, focuses on how police militarization affects outcomes in counterinsurgency campaigns.
De Bruin also presented a paper from her on-going National Science Foundation-funded project on armed group governance and legitimacy in Colombia, as well as new, co-authored work on how to conceptualize variation in state security forces.
In addition, De Bruin’s book, How to Prevent Coups d’état: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival (2020, Cornell University Press), was the subject of an ISA “Author Meets Critics” roundtable. In this discussion, scholars of civil-military relations and civil war highlighted the book’s contributions to their fields and identified directions for future research.
In early April, De Bruin presented “Attitudes Toward Protests and State Repression: Evidence from Colombia” virtually at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference. Her talk was part of a session on “Attitudes Toward Corruption and Violence.”