Conditional Relationships Between Drought and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan AfricaWritten by on August 15, 2016
Few cross-national studies provide evidence of a relationship between environmental scarcity and conflict, although much of the literature claims that destabilizing effects of environmental crises can be mitigated by the right sociopolitical conditions.
After the Release: The Long-Term Behavioral Impact of Piracy on Seafarers and FamiliesWritten by on June 24, 2016
More than 3,000 seafarers have been held hostage by Somali pirates since 2001, with a significant, but unknown, number of seafarers kidnapped in other parts of the world. These seafarers, and their families, have faced fear and uncertainty, and in some cases, direct abuse.
What Happens After Glass Ceilings Shatter? The Influence a First Female Leader Has on Women’s Representation in Elected OfficesWritten by on June 14, 2016
This paper leverages data from the fifty democracies that have had a female leader to better understand how women in the highest levels of government affect women’s representation in other elected offices.
The UN Intervention Brigade: Extinguishing Conflict or Adding Fuel to the Flames?Written by on June 2, 2016
The authorization of the Intervention Brigade (IB) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sparked controversy in the international community over the value of such deployments for UN peace operations.
Powering Progress II: The Potential of Renewable Energy in Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central SomaliaWritten by on May 9, 2016
This report provides a common operating picture based on diverse information collected from renewable energy experts, development actors, donors, and Somali businesspeople in the traditional and emerging renewable energy market. This report updates and draws heavily on OEF’s previous Powering Progress report.
Causality and the Levels of SelectionWritten by on March 30, 2016
When is it sensible to say that group selection has shaped organismal design? This question has prompted many replies but few credible solutions. This article provides new work that exposes the causal relationships between phenotypes and fitness.
Why Democratization Does Not Solve the Coup ProblemWritten by on March 7, 2016
Since the end of the Cold War, the military coup d’état has become the greatest threat to transitional democracies around the world.