The Rise of Non-State Actors in Global Governance: Opportunities and LimitationsWritten by on August 17, 2013
The success of non-state actors does not mean that intergovernmental organizations have no role — quite the contrary. The diversity of actors has created opportunities for new partnerships to form and older ones to be strengthened, but states and their intergovernmental organizations remain an essential component of future global governance.
The Human Cost of Maritime Piracy 2012Written by on June 1, 2013
Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP), a project of the One Earth Future Foundation; the International Maritime Bureau (IMB); and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) are pleased to present the Human Cost of Maritime Piracy, 2012. This is the third assessment of the impact of piracy on seafarers and their families.
Burden Sharing Multi-level Governance: A Study of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of SomaliaWritten by on May 26, 2013
The world confronts many threats with transnational dimensions that transcend the the capacity of states to address. While the United Nations and other intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) can mitigate obstacles to international cooperation, such institutions at present are unable to fill governance gaps at the global level.
Business Participation in the Responsibility to ProtectWritten by on April 26, 2013
Past research on business engagement with human rights, peace, and security has identified specific reasons why national and transnational companies may be interested in participating, as well as how they have contributed to protecting human rights.
Governance, Democracy and Peace: How State Capacity and Regime Type Influence the Prospects for War and PeaceWritten by 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. We observe that peace is associated with security capacity and the ability of states to control and defend territory.
Does the International Criminal Court Deter Torture?Written by on March 8, 2013
Despite widespread commitment to the international human rights regime, human rights abuses persist and go unpunished. One prominent explanation for this phenomenon is that states are insincerely committing to treaties they perceive as having weak enforcement mechanisms.
Somalia Banking: Transfers, Challenges and OpportunitiesWritten by on January 5, 2013
This paper discusses the challenges and opportunities of the banking segment in Somalia. It reviews current systems for financial transfers and discusses the possibility of the introduction of a two-tier banking system.
Organizing for Resistance: How Group Structure Impacts the Character of ViolenceWritten by on November 15, 2012
How does the way in which a group organizes change the lethality of the group's attacks? In this article, we argue that groups organized vertically as hierarchies are likely to conduct more lethal attacks.