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.
Legitimacy, Rationality, and the Danger of Social Media for Peaceful Societies
On the Brink of Civil War, Tunisians Averted Crisis. How They Did It and Why It Matters.
To Achieve Peace, Colombians Must Get Beyond the Victim and Perpetrator Narrative
Daniel Brian Krupp, OEF Research Fellow argues that morality isn't a compass but, more of a subconscious calculator.
Climate Change Causes Conflict? Climate Change Doesn’t Matter? Don’t Rush to Conclusions Either Way
Alternative Facts and Unconscious Bias: How We are Less Rational than We Think
OEF Research on Charged Affairs Blog: What Will It Take to Bring Peace in Ukraine?
International Elections and Leaders: March 2017 Update
OEF Research Fellow Describes Implications of Life Expectancy Study
Natural Disasters and Conflict Resolution: What Can International Actors Do?
REIGN Dataset: February 2017 Updates
Dr. Conor Seyle to Participate in Bridging the Gap Workshop
REIGN Dataset: January 2017 Updates
Participants at One Earth Future Forum Set Sights on a World Without War
What Violence Prevention Can Learn from Public Health Campaigns
Somali Diaspora Investment Survey ReportWritten by Lindsay Heger, Jay Benson, Lee C. Sorensen, Alexandria E. Wise on June 16, 2016
As the Somali regions continue to emerge from decades of civil war, investment is expanding, banks are opening their doors, and Somali exports are increasingly finding markets.
The UN Intervention Brigade: Extinguishing Conflict or Adding Fuel to the Flames?Written by Jay Benson on June 2, 2016
The authorization of the Intervention Brigade (IB) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sparked controversy in the international community over the value of such deployments for UN peace operations.
Powering Progress II: The Potential of Renewable Energy in Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central SomaliaWritten by Kelsey Coolidge, David Poplack on May 9, 2016
This report provides a common operating picture based on diverse information collected from renewable energy experts, development actors, donors, and Somali businesspeople in the traditional and emerging renewable energy market.
Causality and the Levels of SelectionWritten by Daniel Brian Krupp on March 30, 2016
When is it sensible to say that group selection has shaped organismal design? This question has prompted many replies but few credible solutions. This article provides new work that exposes the causal relationships between phenotypes and fitness.
Why Democratization Does Not Solve the Coup ProblemWritten 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.