Curtis Bell

Coup Researcher Curtis Bell
Curtis Bell
Expertise: Regional Politics

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.


Publications

Climate Change and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

What International Donors Should Know About Drought and Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

Written by Curtis Bell on September 29, 2016

Some argue that climate change effects pose one of the greatest risks for political violence, and others argue there is no relationship whatsoever.

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foreign policy analysis

Conditional Relationships Between Drought and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

Written by Curtis Bell, Patrick W. Keys on 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

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Glass Ceilings Broken by Hillary Clinton

What Happens After Glass Ceilings Shatter? The Influence a First Female Leader Has on Women’s Representation in Elected Offices

Written by Curtis Bell on June 14, 2016

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.

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Democracies and coups

Why Democratization Does Not Solve the Coup Problem

Written by Curtis Bell, One Earth Future on March 7, 2016

Since the end of the Cold War, the military coup d’état has become the greatest threat to transitional democracies around the world.

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Democracy and Coup d’État

Coup d’État and Democracy

Written by Curtis Bell on February 19, 2016

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.

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Coups d'Etat and Civil War

When and Why Coups Occur During Civil War

Written by Curtis Bell on January 15, 2016

Coups d’état are frequently both causes and consequences of larger-scale civil wars and rebellions.

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Causes and Outcomes of Coup during Civil War

The Causes and Outcomes of Coup during Civil War

Written by Curtis Bell, Jun Koga Sudduth on October 1, 2015

Though approximately one in four coup attempts takes place during an ongoing civil war, scholars have not yet analyzed how the incidence of civil war affects coup attempts and outcomes.

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