Conor Seyle is a political psychologist and holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Texas. At OEF Research, his work focuses on questions of how non-state actors support peace or conflict, transnational governance structure, and the long-term impact of conflict and mass trauma on survivors. Previously, Conor worked with a number of NGOs interested in good governance and the impact of mass traumas including the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Issues Deliberation Australia/America, and Psychology Beyond Borders. He has also worked on deliberative democracy initiatives including the National Issues Forums and Americans Discuss Social Security, and is a FEMA-approved trainer for the Crisis Counseling Program (the US governmental response to mass traumatic events).
Written byConor Seyle, David Cortright, Kristen Wallon 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.