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Dr Jeni Mitchell

Dr Jeni Mitchell

  • Teaching fellows

Teaching Fellow

Research subject areas

  • Conflict and security
  • Law
  • International relations

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Dr Jeni Mitchell is a teaching fellow and postdoctoral researcher specialising in non-state armed groups and civilian victimisation, with a particular focus on the post-communist space and the greater Middle East. She completed her PhD in the Department of War Studies, where she conducted doctoral research on the Tajik civil war and contributed to research projects and government consultations on Afghanistan and Iraq. She has previously worked for Chatham House, the Brookings Institution and the Middle East Institute. She is currently co-authoring (with Professor Satvinder Juss) the forthcoming book Rethinking Refugee Law(Edward Elgar 2017). Her previous publications include 'Civilian Victimisation in the Tajik Civil War', Central Asian Survey 34:3 (2015) and 'The Contradictory Effects of Ideology on Jihadist War-Fighting', Studies in Conflict and Terrorism31:9 (2008).

Research Interests

  • Civilian victimisation in intrastate conflict
  • Post-Soviet conflicts
  • Conflict in the greater Middle East
  • Organised crime and war
  • Cross-border conflict dynamics
  • The role of refugees in transnational insurgencies


  • 'Civilian victimisation during the Tajik civil war: a typology and strategic assessment', Central Asian Survey, Vol. 34, No. 3, 357-372 (2015) 
  • Civilian Victimisation in the Tajik Civil War: How the Popular Front Won the War and Ruined the Nation, PhD Dissertation, King’s College London (2014) 
  • Organised Criminality and Stabilisation Operations, Report for the Peace Support Operations Study Team, DSTL/UK Ministry of Defence (2011) 
  • ‘The Contradictory Effects of Ideology on Jihadist War-Fighting: The Bosnia Precedent’, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Vol. 31, No. 9, 808-28 (2008)
  • Rethinking Refugee Law (forthcoming)


I teach modules for the War Studies Online MA programmes:

  • International Law and the Use of Force
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • Conflict in Russia and the Post-Soviet Space