The State of Maritime Piracy 2014Written by on June 10, 2015
This report is the fifth in a series by Oceans Beyond Piracy with support from OEF Research.These reports annually seek to assess the cost of maritime piracy - both economic and human - to the international community. Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa is one area of focus; following is piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
Social evolution in the shadow of asymmetrical relatednessWritten by on April 29, 2015
The persistence of altruism and spite remains an enduring problem of social evolution. It is well known that selection for these actions depends on the structure of the population—that is, on actors' genetic relationships to recipients and to the ‘neighbourhood’ impacted by their actions.
Building a Business Ecosystem in Somalia | The Case for Business AssociationsWritten by on March 4, 2015
Business associations can be an effective tool for facilitating good governance, but are an often incorrectly understood concept even by individuals close to the institutions. This paper introduces the potential benefit in the formation of business associations and provides a discussion about the challenges to business associations in post-con
Powering Progress: The Potential Of Renewable Energy In SomaliaWritten by on March 4, 2015
This report describes the evolving landscape of energy in the country and outlines the burden of limited electricity services and extremely high tariffs on households, businesses, and the environment.
The Role of Business in the Responsibility to ProtectWritten by on December 19, 2014
This policy brief is based on “The Role of Business in the Responsibility to Protect,” a chapter which appeared in The Responsibility to Protect and the Third Pillar: Legitimacy and Operationalization.
Votes and violence: Pursuing terrorism while navigating politicsWritten by on December 5, 2014
Many of the world’s most infamous terrorist organizations demonstrate clear political aptitude, maintaining highly successful political parties while simultaneously carrying out terrorist attacks. Yet the relationship between terrorism and a group’s political fortune is unclear.
A Gap Exists! (But it is Smaller and More Specific Than You Think)Written by on November 7, 2014
In recent decades, many who are involved in international relations and foreign policy have bemoaned the increasing divide between what practitioners do and the issues scholars research. Accusations from both sides have detailed what appear to be entrenched institutional cultures with few possibilities for change.
Cooperation and Competition in Large ClassroomsWritten by on October 23, 2014
Instructors of large classes often face challenges with student motivation. The classroom incentive structure – grades, extra credit, and instructor and peer acknowledgement – may shape student motivations to engage in their studies.