News & Events

Former Brazil President Dilma Rousseff

October 14, 2016

What is a Coup d’État?

Conflict Trends & Forecasting, CoupCast, Good Governance, Political Conflict

For every successful or attempted coup d'état there are dozens if not hundreds of events that are described as such.

President Jacob Zuma with Congolese President Joseph Kabila at the People’s Palace in Kinshasa. (Photo: GCIS)

September 30, 2016

Discussing Political Inclusion in the DRC

Good Governance, Political Conflict

In an article for Political Violence @ a Glance, OEF Researcher Jay Benson discusses how delays in scheduling planned elections in the DRC have recently led to incidents of violence. While President Joseph Kabila's government has often met political opposition with violent repression, it... more

Data forecasting political instability

September 29, 2016

Using Data to Predict Political Instability

Conflict Trends & Forecasting, CoupCast, Good Governance

OEF Research Associate Curtis Bell will participate in this year’s meeting of the Peace Science Society at the University of Notre Dame, where he will lead roundtable sessions on predicting future political instability using forecast modeling. OEF Research hopes to learn from these sessions how forecasting models can best inform and... more

Syrian schoolchildren

July 16, 2016

OEF Fellow Takes the Long View on NPR

Political Conflict

Taking the Long View, is the World Getting More or Less Violent? NPR asked this question of OEF Fellow Andrew Mack, who analyzes trends in global violence for the Human Security Report Project.

Glass Ceilings Broken by Clinton and Merkel

June 23, 2016

What Happens After Glass Ceilings Shatter?

Gender & Security, Good Governance

If Hillary Clinton shatters that highest, hardest glass ceiling, what does that mean for women's representation in legislature? Research Associate Curtis Bell found that when a woman becomes a country's chief executive, the country starts electing more women to legislature.

Syrian Refugees

December 22, 2015

The True Impact of War on Development

Political Conflict

To determine the true impact of war on sustainable development, we need data. Even limited amounts of good data have provided surprisingly useful policy insights. But many governments are reluctant to report on violent conflict within their countries.

waste management in Somalia

December 10, 2015

In Somalia, Lack of Government Isn't Always Lack of Governance

Good Governance

Absence of government doesn't necessarily mean absence of public goods, or systems that resolve collective needs and issues. In Somalia, Somali society has been able to fill some gaps left by the absence of state institutions.

Lindsay Heger speaks on need for data for peace

November 15, 2015

OEF's Lindsay Heger Calls for a Data Revolution

Political Conflict

DENVER, [November 5, 2014] – What are the most pressing questions and challenges we face today when it comes to human security?  Dr. Lindsay Heger, a local political scientist and Associate Director of Research, addressed this issue in a presentation hosted by the Denver Council on Foreign Relations on November ... more

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