Governance, Democracy and Peace: How State Capacity and Regime Type Influence the Prospects for War and PeaceWritten by on April 26, 2013
This white paper offers a synthetic review of empirical evidence on the elements of state governance that affect interstate and intrastate armed conflict. In the first part of the paper we examine state capacity and institutional quality. We observe that peace is associated with security capacity and the ability of states to control and defend territory.
Does the International Criminal Court Deter Torture?Written by on March 8, 2013
Despite widespread commitment to the international human rights regime, human rights abuses persist and go unpunished. One prominent explanation for this phenomenon is that states are insincerely committing to treaties they perceive as having weak enforcement mechanisms.
Somalia Banking: Transfers, Challenges and OpportunitiesWritten by on January 5, 2013
This paper discusses the challenges and opportunities of the banking segment in Somalia. It reviews current systems for financial transfers and discusses the possibility of the introduction of a two-tier banking system.
Organizing for Resistance: How Group Structure Impacts the Character of ViolenceWritten by on November 15, 2012
How does the way in which a group organizes change the lethality of the group's attacks? In this article, we argue that groups organized vertically as hierarchies are likely to conduct more lethal attacks.
Wind Energy in SomaliaWritten by on October 5, 2012
Somalia’s difficult history has hampered the development of infrastructure that could support growth and improve lives. The energy sector has been particularly hard hit. This paper reviews the prospects of wind power generation in Somaliland are reviewed.
A Market Analysis for Honey Production in SomaliaWritten by on October 5, 2012
This market analysis identifies factors influencing the profitability of the honey industry in Somalia, using a framework for analysis based on Michael Porter’s “five forces model” with the introduction of a sixth set of forces comprising complements that support the market segment.
Twenty Years of Collapse and Counting: The Cost of Failure in SomaliaWritten by on September 19, 2011
This paper explores the staggeringly high costs of the crises response rather than the crises prevention approach by looking at the case of Somalia. The research tries to determine, using a variety of official and unofficial sources and some educated guesswork, a reasonable estimate of the financial cost of Somali's conflict since 1991.
Maritime PiracyWritten by on August 19, 2011
Maritime Piracy is now a pressing global issue, and this work seeks to provide a concise and informative introduction to the area. Never truly having receded into a romanticized past, seaborne banditry’s rapid growth was stimulated by low risks and increasingly high rewards.