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.
Political Scientists Show that UN Peacekeeping Works, But Not Without Cost
"Why Govern?" Report Launch: Why Governments Choose to Join Global Systems
REIGN Dataset: February 2017 Updates
The Data Behind the Decline in Female Heads of Government
REIGN Dataset: January 2017 Updates
REIGN Dataset: December 2016 Updates
OEF Research Provides Support to Maritime Security Coordination Workshop
REIGN Dataset: November 2016 Updates
In Somalia, Lack of Government Isn't Always Lack of Governance
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: How Did Poverty Reduction become Synonymous with Development?
Containing Aggression or Falling Short? Assessing the UN Security Council
Governance for PeaceWritten by Conor Seyle on December 12, 2017
Governance systems that contribute to stable peace are characterized by having inclusive means of operating, participatory systems that bring the governed into the process of decision making, systems for accountability that ensure transparent and
Climate-Induced Migration and Instability: The Role of City GovernmentsAmbika 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.
The Power of Networks in Maritime Security: What the Fight Against Piracy Can Teach Us About Irregular MigrationWritten by Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on September 16, 2016
Addressing the developing crisis around irregular migration by sea will require international institutions to work quickly to address the humanitarian, practical, and legal challenges posed by irregular migration. Applying lessons learned from the
Conditional Relationships Between Drought and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan AfricaWritten 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
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.
The Century of Peace? Empirical Trends in Peace and ConflictOne Earth Future Written by One Earth Future on November 2, 2015
Is a world without war possible in the 21st century?Trends in armed conflict and a developing body of social scientific research suggest that this idea is plausible.Based on a discussion of high-level experts held in 2014, this report reviews the