Political Conflict

OEF Research views political conflict as symptomatic of a breakdown in governance. We take an inclusive view of political conflict by examining many forms, including interstate war, civil war, terrorism, government repression, rebellion, and protest. Similar across all modes of political conflict is that the parties resort to disruptive and sometimes violent tactics as a strategic choice toward some political end. OEF Research explores a myriad of issues about this process, such as how actors end up in conflict (root causes), conflict dynamics, peace negotiations, the international community’s role in preventing or encouraging conflict, the role of non-state actors during and after conflict, and how political institutions can be used to consolidate peace.

Latest News


Key Contributors

Conor Seyle
Director
Curtis Bell
Associate Director
Jay Benson
Researcher
Andrew Mack
Fellow
Eric Keels
Research Associate

Related Publications

The Collapse of Mozambique’s 2013 Peace Agreement and Why it Matters

The Collapse of Mozambique’s 2013 Peace Agreement and Why it Matters

Written by John Filitz on July 19, 2018

This discussion paper analyzes the structural and causal factors that led to the collapse of Mozambique’s landmark 1992 General Peace Agreement in October 2013 and why they matter for the country’s future stability.

Read more

The Geography of Violence Against Civilians: Implications for Peace Enforcement

Written by Jay Benson on February 21, 2018

UN peacekeeping operations have evolved in recent years to include more robust missions that pursue peace enforcement in a way not previously seen.

Read more
cover of geography of violence against civilians

Policy Brief: Peace Enforcement and the Geography of Violence Against Civilians

Written by Jay Benson on February 21, 2018

Peace enforcement has become the subject of vigorous debate among both policy makers and academics working in the field of peace operations.

Read more
Threat of World War

THE ENDURING THREAT OF A LARGE INTERSTATE WAR

Aaron Clauset Written by Aaron Clauset on September 20, 2017

Since 1945, there have been relatively few large interstate wars, especially compared to the preceding 30 years. The implications of this pattern, sometimes called “the Long Peace,” remain highly controversial. Is this an enduring trend toward peace

Read more

Climate-Induced Migration and Instability: The Role of City Governments

Ambika Chawla Written by Ambika Chawla on June 5, 2017

Trends in urbanization and climate change are altering the nature of human settlements. As the number and impact of severe weather events increases, countries and cities are forced to cope.

Read more

Stable Seas: Somali Waters

Written by Curtis Bell, Ben Lawellin on May 1, 2017

This report shows how complex issues like illegal fishing, coastal violence, and human trafficking intersect to create a uniquely insecure maritime environment in Somali waters.

Read more
Multi-stakeholder Collaboration Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: Multi-stakeholder Collaboration

Written by Kelsey Coolidge, Conor Seyle, OEF Research on April 20, 2017

This guide was produced by the Stanley Foundation in collaboration with the Stimson Center. It reviews findings from a seven week consultation process with eighty-two professionals working in global governance.

Read more
Refugees and National Security

Fact Sheet: Refugees and U.S. National Security

Written by Kelsey Coolidge, Conor Seyle, OEF Research on February 24, 2017

This fact sheet provides an overview of the US refugee admittance process and the current research on the threat posed to US national security by refugees.

Read more

Pages