News & Events

Mayan Ruins and Climate Change

June 21, 2017

Climate Change Causes Conflict? Climate Change Doesn’t Matter? Don’t Rush to Conclusions Either Way

Political Conflict

Some assume climate change will lead to increased conflict. Climate change is certainly a threat to the well-being and livelihoods of people around the world, but the relationship between climate and violent conflict is not as straightforward.

Hassan Rouhani

June 06, 2017

International Elections and Leaders: June 2017 Update

REIGN DATASET: International Elections and Leaders

June will decide even more leadership transitions: seven elections are scheduled to occur over the next month around the world.

June 05, 2017

Climate-Induced Migration and Instability: The Role of City Governments

Political Institutions, Political Conflict

As the number and impact of severe weather events increases, urban areas face increasing pressure to cope with complex challenges associated with climate migration. City governments, therefore, will play a crucial role in peace and security. This new paper describes the links between climate change and urban fragility and provides policy recommendations for cities.

Traumatic Events

June 01, 2017

OEF Research's Director Conor Seyle Presents on Supporting Resilience After Conflict or Disaster

Political Institutions, Political Conflict

Conor Seyle presented a talk on “Public health approaches to mass traumatic events” to an audience of Ukrainian government emergency response workers, members of the military, and psychologists.

Ballots counted in Haiti

May 23, 2017

Will 2017 End Without a Single Coup Attempt?

Forecasting, CoupCast

There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the future of international affairs in mid-2017. But here's one reason to be optimistic.

May 17, 2017

DRC at Greatest Risk In Years

African Security, Political Conflict

Previously isolated local conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo are appearing in new regions of the country. This is particularly dangerous in the context of the country’s ongoing political crisis, creating the potential for local conflicts to take on national level narratives and scope. What can local actors and the international community do to mitigate the risk of escalating... more

May 08, 2017

CalCon 2017 Explores Technology as a Tool to Encourage Peacebuilding


SAN DIEGO— May 8, 2017 - The University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies (Kroc School) and OEF Research will co-host the California Consensus on Peace through Technology (CalCon) 2017, a marketplace for ideas which focus on using technology for peacebuilding and to prevent and reduce conflict.

May 05, 2017

OEF Research and University of San Diego host CalCon2017: ​Integrative Technology for​ Sustainable Peacebuilding


Every year, the University of San Diego and OEF Research present the California Concensus (CalCon), a multi-day event that invites innovative individuals including researchers, technologists, funders, and policymakers to workshop their ideas and form ongoing partnerships to tackle some of humanity’s toughest problems.