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Quint Hoekstra

Title of thesis

Helping insurgents win: how state support for rebel groups affects conflict outcome


My project assesses how foreign government assistance to rebel groups affects the likely outcome of intrastate armed conflicts. More specifically, it analyses whether particular types of support (troops, weapons, sanctuary, etc.) are related to particular conflict outcomes (rebel defeat, negotiated settlement, or rebel victory). It uses a mixed methods research design that encompasses a quantitative analysis of all armed conflicts between 1946 and 2010 as well as a qualitative assessment of the Angolan Civil War (1975 – 2002) and the Nicaraguan Contra War (1982 – 1989).

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Research interests

  • International security
  • Civil war
  • Rebellion
  • Strategy
  • Third-party intervention
  • Alliances

Planned submission date

  • September 2019

Teaching experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Introduction to International Politics, University of Manchester, 2017.
  • Teaching Assistant, Oorlog en Vrede, Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine, Nederlandse Defensieacademie, 2013.


  • MA in Conflict, Security, and Development, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK.
  • BSc in Political Science, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Scholarships and grants

  • School of Social Sciences Fieldwork grant, University of Manchester, 2017.
  • President’s Doctoral Scholarship, University of Manchester, 2016.
  • Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, on behalf of the Niemans-Schootemeijer Fonds, 2016.
  • Dr Hendrik Muller’s Vaderlandsch Fonds, 2016.

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