Terrence Lyons focuses his research on comparative peace processes and post-conflict politics, with a regional emphasis on Africa. His most recent scholarship asks how the nature of war termination shapes post-war politics and how some insurgent groups transform into political parties. He has written or co-written five books and co-edited a further four. His scholarship has appeared in such journals as Comparative Politics and International Political Sociology, as well as more policy-oriented publications such as the Journal of Democracy and the Washington Post.
Lyons maintains interests in policy relevant discussions. He has consulted with the Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, the United Nations, and key think tanks such as the Brookings Institution, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has also served as an election observer in Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Benin, and Bangladesh and was the Senior Advisor to the Carter Center in Liberia and Ethiopia. In March 2017, he testified before the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health on the crisis in Ethiopia.
Lyons teaches classes such as the Introduction to Conflict Analysis, the undergraduate capstone class, and specialized seminars on contentious politics.
PhD, International Relations, Johns Hopkins University (1994)
MA, History, Michigan State University (1985)
BA, History, University of Virginia (1981)
Faculty Rank: Associate Professor
Honors & Awards
Fulbright Senior Specialist, Bahir Dar University
April 20, 2016
Kojo Nnamdi Show Elections in Ethiopia
May 27, 2015
Center for Strategic and International Studies Islam in Africa: Trends and Policy Implications
March 25, 2013
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Presentations & Performances
Who Is the Party? Career Paths and Party Loyalty in the Ethiopia s Ruling EPRDF
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 4 2016 | Philadelphia, PA
Not Your Father’s Peacebuilding: The Center for Global Studies Features Cutting-edge Research in Conflict Studies
Mar 29 2013 | George Mason University
Ethiopia’s Elections and Their Aftermath
Jun 15 2015 | Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars