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
The New Power Politics: Networks and Transnational Security GovernanceWritten by Lindsay Heger, Deborah Avant on February 12, 2014
The workshop series “The New Power Politics: Networks, Governance, and Global Security” examined how various networks of state and non-state actors work to address the governance of security.
Democratising Transitional Justice: Transitional Trade-offs and Constituting the DemosEamon Aloyo Written by Eamon Aloyo on October 2, 2013
Aloyo argues that transitional justice should be democratized so that victims and potential victims constitute the transitional justice demos. To realize this goal he proposes a method by which people can be enfranchised to make such choices.
The Rise of Non-State Actors in Global Governance: Opportunities and LimitationsWritten by Kelsey Coolidge, Conor Seyle, Thomas G. Weiss on August 17, 2013
The success of non-state actors does not mean that intergovernmental organizations have no role — quite the contrary.
Burden Sharing Multi-level Governance: A Study of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of SomaliaWritten by Conor Seyle, Danielle A. Zach, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on May 26, 2013
The world confronts many threats with transnational dimensions that transcend the the capacity of states to address.
Governance, Democracy and Peace: How State Capacity and Regime Type Influence the Prospects for War and PeaceWritten 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.
Does the International Criminal Court Deter Torture?Written by Lindsay Heger, Eamon Aloyo, Yvonne M. Dutton on March 8, 2013
Despite widespread commitment to the international human rights regime, human rights abuses persist and go unpunished.
Twenty Years of Collapse and Counting: The Cost of Failure in SomaliaJohn Norris, Bronwyn Bruton Written by John Norris, Bronwyn Bruton on September 19, 2011
This paper explores the staggeringly high costs of the crises response rather than the crises prevention approach by looking at the case of Somalia.