Political Institutions

OEF Research believes transparent and inclusive institutions at all levels of governance are necessary for stable and lasting peace. From small village councils to national governments and international organizations, we seek to understand why some institutions are so effective while others are prone to failure. In addition to studying major threats to political institutions like coups and civil wars, OEF Research also examines how institutions can be used to convene different types of stakeholders and create new opportunities for collaborative governance in the interest of stable peace.

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Key Contributors

Peace Research Director
Conor Seyle
Director
Coup Researcher Curtis Bell
Curtis Bell
Research Associate
Peace Journal by Roberta Spivak
Roberta Spivak
Project Manager & Managing Editor
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Victor Odundo Owuor
Research Associate
Sasha Egorova
Sasha Egorova
Research Assistant

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