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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Non State actors and Governance

The Rise of Non-State Actors in Global Governance: Opportunities and Limitations

Written by Kelsey Coolidge, Conor Seyle, Thomas G. Weiss on August 17, 2013

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Burden Sharing Governance

Burden Sharing Multi-level Governance: A Study of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia

Written by Conor Seyle, Danielle A. Zach, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on May 26, 2013

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Governance, Democracy and Peace: How State Capacity and Regime Type Influence the Prospects for War and Peace

Written by Conor Seyle, David Cortright, Kristen Wall on April 26, 2013

This white paper offers a synthetic review of empirical evidence on the elements of state governance that affect interstate and intrastate armed conflict. In the first part of the paper we examine state capacity and institutional quality.

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Criminal Court and Torture

Does the International Criminal Court Deter Torture?

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Failures in Somalia

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