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Political Conflict

Working Locally and Transnationally: Making UN Peacekeeping More Effective

March 19, 2018

Threats by terrorist and militant organizations are becoming increasingly transnational, posing serious challenges to single country-focused UN missions. This fourth blog in our UN Peacekeeping series calls for making peacekeeping less state-centric through local and regional collaboration. 

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Recruiting Jihadist Militants: A Changing Dynamic

The nature of jihadist recruiting has changed. Utilizing data on jihadist fighters coming from Turkey, Güneş Murat Tezcür and I find that the individuals who join Islamic organizations lack the theological training and political activism prevalent in recruits from past jihadi conflicts.

Nigerian Women’s Ill-fated Pursuit of a Better Life: Understanding the Dynamics of Migration

In November 2017, the bodies of 26 Nigerian women were found adrift off the coast of Italy. They were thought to be part of a contingent of trafficked women destined to work in Italy’s notorious sex trade industry. 

Supply More Helicopters: Making UN Peacekeeping More Effective

From facilitating trooop mobiltiy and rapid reaction, to surveillance, medical evacuation, and logistical support, helicopters play a crucial role in UN Peacekeeping missions. Despite the increasing dependence on helicopters, the UN does not have the necessary numbers. 

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Forecasting Coup


The CoupCast project, led by Curtis Bell, uses historical data and machine learning to predict the likelihood of a coup attempt occurring in any country on a month to month basis.  Read more.


Terrorist Social Services Data Set

Terrorist and Insurgent Organization Social Services (TIOS)

TIOS gives researchers and practitioners the opportunity to better understand conflicts and their outcomes when terrorists, rebels, and insurgents provide social services to theirs supporters.  Read more.

Irregular Elections Dataset

Rulers, Elections, and Irregular Governance (REIGN)

REIGN describes political conditions in every country each and every month. The dataset is updated monthly to reflect the most recent political events and changes in leadership.  Read more.

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