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
Non-State Actors in Maritime SecurityWritten by Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on August 27, 2015
As part of an ongoing lessons-learned project based on Oceans Beyond Piracy’s work with the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, OEF Research is documenting the potential role of non-state actors in maritime security.
Votes and violence: Pursuing terrorism while navigating politicsWritten by Lindsay Heger on December 5, 2014
Many of the world’s most infamous terrorist organizations demonstrate clear political aptitude, maintaining highly successful political parties while simultaneously carrying out terrorist attacks.
A Gap Exists! (But it is Smaller and More Specific Than You Think)Written by Lindsay Heger, Chris Cyr on November 7, 2014
In recent decades, many who are involved in international relations and foreign policy have bemoaned the increasing divide between what practitioners do and the issues scholars research.
Why Govern? The Strategic, Functional, and Normative Logics of Global GovernanceWritten by Conor Seyle, Amitav Acharya, Blake Berger, Goueun Lee, Kate Tennis on September 28, 2014
Global governance is one of the most critical subjects in international relations scholarship and policymaking today.
Global Governance: “A Philadelphia Moment”?Thomas G. Weiss Written by Thomas G. Weiss on May 7, 2014
An obvious puzzle for friends and foes of international cooperation is how to explain why order, stability, and predictability exist despite the lack of a central authority to address the planet’s problems.
A Common Framework for Understanding Non-state OrganizationsWritten by Lindsay Heger, Danielle Jung, Sarah Stroup, Wendy Wong on May 1, 2014
Understanding Governance, State of the World 2014 reportWritten by Conor Seyle, Matthew Wilburn King on April 29, 2014
"Understanding Governance" is Chapter 2 in the State of the World 2014: Governing for Sustainability by The Worldwatch Institute.