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Louis-Alexandre Berg

Assistant Professor    

PhD Government, Georgetown University
Masters in Public and International Affairs, Princeton University
BA, Brown University


Civil war and state formation, post-conflict peacebuilding and state-building, and the politics of urban violence and organized crime


Louis-Alexandre Berg is an Assistant Professor in the Global Studies Institute and Political Science Department at Georgia State University. His research examines the causes and consequences violent conflict and crime in weak states, and the impact of foreign aid on state formation.  His current book project examines efforts to restructure police and military forces in war-torn countries, focusing on how political context shapes the effects of foreign assistance.  It is based on field work in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Timor Leste.  He has also published research on urban violence and organized crime, and on the development of the rule of law and justice system institutions in weak states.  Prior to coming to GSU, he was a Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, a Jennings-Randolph Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a Presidential Management Fellow.  He has worked on peacebuilding and development programs with the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and the United Nations Development Program, including in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia and the Balkans.  Dr. Berg holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University, a Masters in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University, and a BA from Brown University.