Miloš Popović is a Research Associate in a Minerva Project that is jointly run by the Central European University (CEU) and Columbia University, New York. Previously, Popović worked as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at the Central European University (CEU), where he taught qualitative research design and methods for MA students, and co-headed the Conflict & Security Research Group (ConSec). Popović received his MA degree from the Central European University, International Relations and European Studies department, and his BA degree from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. His research areas are proxy wars, the cohesion and fragmentation of militant groups, violence in civil conflicts, civil-military relations in developing countries, and ethnic conflicts, primarily focused on the Balkans, Central Asia and Kashmir. In his PhD dissertation, Popović examined conditions under which externally supported rebels turn against their state sponsors by deconstructing the notion of rebel “defection” into defiance, desertion, and switching sides. Previously, Popović carried out research in India and devised a novel dataset on the sponsorship of rebels (SOR), covering the period 1968-2012.