Good Governance

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
Associate Director
Peace Journal by Roberta Spivak
Roberta Spivak
Project Manager & Managing Editor
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Victor Odundo Owuor
Senior Research Associate
Sierra Method Researcher
Sierra Method
Research Assistant

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The Century of Peace? Empirical Trends in Peace and Conflict

One 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

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Non-State Actors in Maritime Security

Written 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.

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Non-State Actors in Maritime Security

Written by Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on July 20, 2015

Non-state actors have a strong counter-piracy role for the maritime sector, potentially greater than the role they play in land-based problems.

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Votes and violence: Pursuing terrorism while navigating politics

Written 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.

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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.

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Why Govern? The Strategic, Functional, and Normative Logics of Global Governance

Written 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.

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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.

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A Common Framework for Understanding Non-state Organizations

Written by Lindsay Heger, Danielle Jung, Sarah Stroup, Wendy Wong on May 1, 2014

This paper serves as an introduction to conceptualizations of non-state organizations (NSOs) and, in particular, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multinational corporations
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