News & Events

October 12, 2017

Why We Kill: Populism as a Path to Violence

Political Conflict

Groups that have longstanding animosity are not bound to harm each other; they need populist leaders willing to fan the flames, who believe that encouraging violence against civilians will bring some benefit. Demagoguery is not inevitable. People of diverse nations, faiths, and political parties tolerate and even respect each other throughout the world.

October 10, 2017

When Leaders are Silent: Aung San Suu Kyi, Coup Risks, and the Rohingya Crisis

Political Conflict, CoupCast

The Myanmar military brutally attacked Rohingya civilians. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader of Myanmar, didn’t condemn the attack. Why not? Social science has answers.

October 05, 2017

International Elections and Leaders: October 2017 Update

REIGN DATASET: International Elections and Leaders

The REIGN Dataset (Rulers, Elections, and Irregular Governance) covers political conditions in every country. We update the dataset monthly to reflect the most recent political events, such as coups, world elections, and changes in political leadership. We provide election coverage and track leadership changes... more

Nobel Peace Prize in Tunisia

October 03, 2017

On the Brink of Civil War, Tunisians Averted Crisis. How They Did It and Why It Matters.

Political Conflict

Everything should be going wrong in Tunisia. In 2011, the Arab Spring revolutions engulfed half of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with the promise of democratization. But these revolutions failed to secure democracy. Tunisia is the stand-out; it has avoided all-out civil war like that in Syria and has not slipped back into an authoritarian regime as Egypt has. It has also managed to... more

October 02, 2017

Stable Seas Maritime Security Index Maps Threats to Governance

African Security, Stable Seas

One Earth Future, through its programs OEF Research, Oceans Beyond Piracy, and Secure Fisheries, presents a unique effort to measure and map intersecting issue areas in maritime security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Peace By Numbers

September 22, 2017

The Debate Continues: Peace by the Numbers

Political Conflict

Aaron Clauset brings something new to the table by showing that the Correlates of War (COW) dataset on international war size and timing is compatible with a “no change” model according to which the risks of international wars of all possible sizes have remained stable over the last two centuries.  Michael Spagat, Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway College, University of London,... more

Enduring Peace

September 20, 2017

70 Years of Peace: By Accident or Design?

Political Conflict

The second half of the twentieth century showed marked declines in both the number of major wars and the deaths associated with them.

Kenya Elections

September 08, 2017

International Elections and Leaders: September 2017 Update

REIGN DATASET: International Elections and Leaders

This month, for the first time in Africa, a court voided an election of a sitting leader.