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March 19, 2018

Working Locally and Transnationally: Making UN Peacekeeping More Effective

Political Conflict

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. 

March 14, 2018

Recruiting Jihadist Militants: A Changing Dynamic

Political Conflict

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.

March 14, 2018

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

Stable Seas, Gender & Security, Political Conflict

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. 

March 12, 2018

Supply More Helicopters: Making UN Peacekeeping More Effective

Political Conflict

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. 

March 07, 2018

It’s Not Just about Europe: Understanding the Dynamics of Migration in Africa

Stable Seas

We know a lot about the migration routes of the thousands who die at sea trying to get to Europe. But what about the plight of Africans migrating throughout Africa, often in unmonitored waters? In this third post in a series on migration issues at land and sea, we examine the risks and factors of migration routes in four regions in sub-Saharan Africa.

March 05, 2018

OEF Research Contributes to Discussions on Seafarer Welfare

OEF Research Director, Dr. Conor Seyle, joined representatives from open registry states, ship-owners associations, researchers, and health certification bodies in Newark to discuss how to reduce the long-term impact of maritime security challenges on seafarers. The group will make recommendations for incorporating welfare concerns into seafarer trainings and... more

March 05, 2018

Developing Intelligence and Information Capabilities: Making UN Peacekeeping More Effective

Political Conflict

Tactical, operational, and strategic intelligence is essential to successful peace operations.  Understanding the situation on the ground allows peacekeepers a better chance of success by guiding deployments, force protection measures, and other crucial operational decisions. Peacekeepers must also understand the political and social contexts in order to serve as effective mediators.

March 02, 2018

Businesses Contribute to Data Revolution for Peace

Good Governance, Business & Governance

A new study shows how public-private partnerships can contribute to the data revolution, called for by the UN Secretary-General, to strengthen the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Role of the Private Sector in Support of Reporting Under SDG 16 explores how businesses can... more