The Century of Peace? Empirical Trends in Peace and ConflictWritten by on November 2, 2015
Is a world without war possible in the 21st century?Trends in armed conflict and a developing body of social scientific research suggest that this idea is plausible.Based on a discussion of high-level experts held in 2014, this report reviews the existing research on peace and conflict to argue that peace is an achievable goal for the globe.Current system
Negotiating With Rebels: The Effect of Rebel Service Provision on Conflict NegotiationsWritten by on September 29, 2015
When rebels provide social services, do they have more leverage negotiating the terms of a peace deal? The literature suggests service-providing groups may, on average, have a wider base of support and a more centralized organizational structure.
Non-State Actors in Maritime SecurityWritten by on August 27, 2015
As part of an ongoing lessons-learned project based on Oceans Beyond Piracy’s work with the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, OEF Research is documenting the potential role of non-state actors in maritime security.
Non-State Actors in Maritime SecurityWritten by on July 20, 2015
Non-state actors have a strong counter-piracy role for the maritime sector, potentially greater than the role they play in land-based problems. They can provide direct services, or serve as the coordinators for networked structures to address collective problems.
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.