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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

200 Years of Landlessness? Land Inequality and the Search for Peace in Colombia

200 Years of Landlessness? Land Ine…

28-08-2013

Representatives of the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) continue to negotiate in the sweltering Havana... Read more

Conflict and Firm Dynamics: Some Issues and Some Wishes

Conflict and Firm Dynamics: Some Is…

20-08-2013

  In the past two decades, the literature on the economics of conflict has grown significantly in both quantity and quality... Read more

How to ‘Do’ Economic Development in Conflict-Affected Contexts (Hint: It’s about Politics)

How to ‘Do’ Economic Development in…

13-08-2013

The economic security of individuals and households is a major challenge for development interventions in conflict-affected countries. Once the conflict... Read more

Sunlight Disinfects, but Beware of the Shade

Sunlight Disinfects, but Beware of …

07-08-2013

By providing information, mass media can help voters make better decisions and hold politicians accountable. Often, journalists also help uncover... Read more

More pain but not gain: productive and unproductive sanctions

More pain but not gain: productive …

02-08-2013

The United Nations Security Council recently mandated additional sanctions against North Korea. In Washington and Brussels new sanctions against Iran... Read more