What International Donors Should Know About Drought and Conflict in Sub-Saharan AfricaWritten by Curtis Bell on September 29, 2016
Some argue that climate change effects pose one of the greatest risks for political violence, and others argue there is no relationship whatsoever. A new study shows that there is gray area between the two sides, and offers policy implications for international donors.
The Power of Networks in Maritime Security: What the Fight Against Piracy Can Teach Us About Irregular MigrationWritten by Conor Seyle, Jens Vestergaard Madsen on September 16, 2016
Addressing the developing crisis around irregular migration by sea will require international institutions to work quickly to address the humanitarian, practical, and legal challenges posed by irregular migration. Applying lessons learned from the effective international response to maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia may allow for internationa
Conditional Relationships Between Drought and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan AfricaWritten by Curtis Bell, Patrick W. Keys on August 15, 2016
Few cross-national studies provide evidence of a relationship between environmental scarcity and conflict, although much of the literature claims that destabilizing effects of environmental crises can be mitigated by the right sociopolitical conditions.
After the Release: The Long-Term Behavioral Impact of Piracy on Seafarers and FamiliesWritten by Conor Seyle, Chirag Bahri, Kellie Brandt, Alexander Dimitrievich, Karina Fernandez, Tom Holmer, Niyati Malhotra on June 24, 2016
More than 3,000 seafarers have been held hostage by Somali pirates since 2001, with a significant, but unknown, number of seafarers kidnapped in other parts of the world. These seafarers, and their families, have faced fear and uncertainty, and in some cases, direct abuse.
Somali Diaspora Investment Survey ReportWritten by Jay Benson, Lee C. Sorensen, Alexandria E. Wise, Lindsay Heger on June 16, 2016
As the Somali regions continue to emerge from decades of civil war, investment is expanding, banks are opening their doors, and Somali exports are increasingly finding markets.
What Happens After Glass Ceilings Shatter? The Influence a First Female Leader Has on Women’s Representation in Elected OfficesWritten by Curtis Bell on June 14, 2016
This paper leverages data from the fifty democracies that have had a female leader to better understand how women in the highest levels of government affect women’s representation in other elected offices.
The UN Intervention Brigade: Extinguishing Conflict or Adding Fuel to the Flames?on June 2, 2016
The authorization of the Intervention Brigade (IB) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sparked controversy in the international community over the value of such deployments for UN peace operations.
Powering Progress II: The Potential of Renewable Energy in Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central SomaliaWritten by David Poplack, Kelsey Coolidge on May 9, 2016
This report provides a common operating picture based on diverse information collected from renewable energy experts, development actors, donors, and Somali businesspeople in the traditional and emerging renewable energy market. This report updates and draws heavily on OEF’s previous Powering Progress report.