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Firms in conflict: adapt or perish

Firms in conflict: adapt or perish

26-05-2014

Being an entrepreneur is a difficult activity, and being an entrepreneur in a developing country is even more difficult. But... Read more

Does corruption lead to bad incentives for investment?

Does corruption lead to bad incenti…

19-05-2014

While corruption may be rampant across the world it is not always visible or easily observable. Asking people about their... Read more

Future challenges in international maritime security

Future challenges in international …

12-05-2014

The third annual International Maritime Security Conference was held at Merton College, Oxford on 1 and 2 April 2014, with... Read more

Climate change and conflict in Indonesia

Climate change and conflict in Indo…

05-05-2014

The impact of climate change on the emergence of violent conflicts has become the subject of lively debate in recent... Read more

Measuring conflict exposure in micro-level surveys

Measuring conflict exposure in micr…

06-04-2014

While violent conflict is a key obstacle to human development, the impact of conflict on people varies greatly. Individual conflict... Read more

China, India and the three Cs

China, India and the three Cs

06-03-2014

China and India are the two most populous countries in the world. Both countries have dynamic—although, recently, slightly stuttering—economies. Their... Read more

What next in research on the economics of violent conflict?

What next in research on the econom…

19-02-2014

The ninth annual workshop of the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) took place at the University of California’s Berkeley campus... Read more

The governance of natural resources in hybrid political orders (part 2)

The governance of natural resources…

05-02-2014

Several recent initiatives have sought to improve the governance of extractive resources in weak states, with a particular focus on... Read more

The governance of natural resources in hybrid political orders (part 1)

The governance of natural resources…

22-01-2014

Several recent initiatives have sought to improve the governance of extractive resources in weak states, with a particular focus on... Read more

Violence and public support: the impact of terrorism and counterterrorism on Palestinian hearts and minds

Violence and public support: the im…

08-01-2014

Featuring an established army pitted against insurgent militant factions that purportedly represent the interests of a large civilian constituency, the... Read more

Weighing the benefits of military versus civilian research in the European Union

Weighing the benefits of military v…

20-11-2013

Difficult times can lead to all kinds of ideas, both good and bad. The European Union (EU) has resurrected one... Read more

What happens when the traffic light never turns green?

What happens when the traffic light…

14-11-2013

A world where traffic lights never turn green would be a strange and dystopian place, and yet this is the... Read more

Neighbours: A blessing or a curse?

Neighbours: A blessing or a curse?

30-10-2013

Neighbours can be a boon or a bane. Cooperative neighbours strengthen and assist each other. Non-cooperative neighbours can drain and... Read more

More Trouble on the High Seas: The Real Story behind Captain Phillips

More Trouble on the High Seas: The …

22-10-2013

Last week I was asked by the BBC to preview the film “Captain Phillips,” the true story of the failed... Read more

Arms Race: Is It Just A Race to the Bottom?

Arms Race: Is It Just A Race to the…

26-09-2013

An arms race is an interstate competition that motivates states to innovate, design and deploy the most lethal war technology... Read more

New tensions unleashed by Colombia’s peace process

New tensions unleashed by Colombia’…

18-09-2013

On September 4, 2012 the Colombian Government initiated peace talks with Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), the oldest guerilla group in... Read more

Studying Somalia’s War Economy from Outer Space

Studying Somalia’s War Economy from…

11-09-2013

When we look at images of civil war such as the recent images from Syria, our gut response is that... Read more

The Disturbing Rationality of Violence Against Civilians

The Disturbing Rationality of Viole…

04-09-2013

On February 29, 1704, an allied force of 250–300 French soldiers and native peoples launched a surprise attack against the... Read more