Academic Qualifications

Doctorate in International Relations and African Studies, 2011 – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Public International Law and International Relations, 2008 – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

International Master in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies, 2005 – Universidad Jaume I, Castelló de la Plana, Spain.

Bachelor in History (concentration Africa, Asia, and Latin America), 2000 – College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Biographical Information

Aleksi Ylönen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for International Studies (CEI-IUL), University Institute of Lisbon. Previously he has been a postdoctoral researcher at University of Turku, Finland, and a visiting researcher at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Germany. Dr. Ylönen is also a member of the African Studies Group at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. His work concentrates on armed conflicts and security issues, and his geographical expertise areas are the Sudans and the greater Horn of Africa. Dr. Ylönen has lectured at a number of universities, and his work has been published in books, journals, magazines and newspapers in various languages.


Ylönen, A. (2016) "Reflections on Peacebuilding Interventionism: State- and Nationbuilding dilemmas in Southern Sudan (2005 to the present)", Global Change, Peace & Security: formerly Pacifica Review: Peace, Security & Global Change

Ylönen, A. (2016) Eritrea: A Rogue or a Strategically Constructed Threat?, Note 14.

Ylönen, A. (2015) "On the Complexity of Analyzing Armed Opposition: Objectives, Labeling, and Reflections on Ethiopia’s Somali Region", Journal of African History, Politics, and Society, 1 (1), 1-22.

Ylönen, A., Asha Abdel-Rahima, Dany Jaimovich (2015) "Forced displacement and behavioral change: an empirical study of returnee households in the Nuba Mountains", Defence and Peace Economics

Ylönen, A. (2014) "Dwindling but Surviving: South Sudan and External Involvement in the Current Crisis", Review of African Political Economy, 41 (141), pp. 466-473.

Ylönen, A. (2014) "Peace or Stability? A Critical Appraisal of External Interventions in South Sudan", Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, 9 (3), pp. 102-108.

Ylönen, A. (2014) "Security regionalism and flaws of externally forged peace in Sudan: The IGAD peace process and its aftermath", African Journal on Conflict Resolution, 14 (2), pp. 13-39.

Ylönen, A. (2009) "Sudán: el ‘Estado marginalizador’ y las insurgencias periféricas en el Sur y Darfur", Nova Africa, 25, 37-53.