Policy Brief: Peace Enforcement and the Geography of Violence Against CiviliansWritten by Jay Benson on February 21, 2018
Peace enforcement has become the subject of vigorous debate among both policy makers and academics working in the field of peace operations. However, there has been relatively little empirical examination of how this emerging strategy affects another key objective of contemporary peace operations: reducing violence against civilians.
Governance for PeaceWritten by Conor Seyle on December 12, 2017
Governance systems that contribute to stable peace are characterized by having inclusive means of operating, participatory systems that bring the governed into the process of decision making, systems for accountability that ensure transparent and equitable operations, and enough systemic capacity that they are able to provide physical security and public
THE ENDURING THREAT OF A LARGE INTERSTATE WARWritten by Aaron Clauset on September 20, 2017
Since 1945, there have been relatively few large interstate wars, especially compared to the preceding 30 years. The implications of this pattern, sometimes called “the Long Peace,” remain highly controversial. Is this an enduring trend toward peace? Or is it temporary, representing a fluctuation within an otherwise stable system of conflict?
Advancing Women's Rights in Davao City, Philippines: The Role of Local Civil SocietyWritten by Kelsey Coolidge on June 6, 2017
Civil society actors play an influential role in supporting human rights. While the literature on this topic tends to focus on human rights activity at the national level, civil society organizations (CSOs) also operate at the local level to advance human rights. The advancement of women’s rights is a particularly good example of this.
Climate-Induced Migration and Instability: The Role of City GovernmentsWritten by Ambika Chawla on June 5, 2017
Trends in urbanization and climate change are altering the nature of human settlements. As the number and impact of severe weather events increases, countries and cities are forced to cope. The limited governance mechanisms and financial constraints of many developing cities restrain capacity for dealing with complex urban problems.
Stable Seas: Somali WatersWritten by Ben Lawellin on May 1, 2017
This report shows how complex issues like illegal fishing, coastal violence, and human trafficking intersect to create a uniquely insecure maritime environment in Somali waters. Regional conflicts have shifted human migration flows, and this has further accelerated the smuggling of both trafficked persons and arms across the Gulf of Aden.
Fact Sheet: Multi-stakeholder CollaborationWritten by Conor Seyle, OEF Research, Kelsey Coolidge on April 20, 2017
This guide was produced by the Stanley Foundation in collaboration with the Stimson Center. It reviews findings from a seven week consultation process with eighty-two professionals working in global governance.
Firm Behavior in Fragile States: The Cases of Somaliland, South Sudan, and Eastern Democratic Republic of CongoWritten by Victor Odundo Owuor on March 29, 2017
This report, based on field research, documents which features of business work in fragile areas and how businesses operate in regard to strategy, contract enforcement, and other aspects of firm behavior.