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.

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Key Contributors

Peace Research Director
Conor Seyle
Director
Coup Researcher Curtis Bell
Curtis Bell
Associate Director
Jay Benson Researcher
Jay Benson
Researcher
Lindsay Heger Researcher
Lindsay Heger
Associate Director
Peace Scientist Andrew Mack
Andrew Mack
Fellow
Stephen Beard
Steven Beard
CU-ABD Fellow

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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