Curtis Bell joined One Earth Future in 2015 to work as a Research Associate in the Peace and Governance program. Before coming to OEF, he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, where he specialized in armed conflict and political development. Curtis is especially interested in political stability and the strategies that the leaders of fragile countries implement to stay in power. His academic publications, which examine topics ranging from coup to environmental conflict, include articles in The Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, and Foreign Policy Analysis. Curtis is a fourth-generation Coloradan and earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Written byCurtis Bell, Patrick W. Keyson 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
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.
This article explains coup activity in democracies by adapting insights from the literature on commitment problems and framing coup around the threats leaders and potential coup plotters pose to each other.