Research & Analysis

Diaspora Investment in Fragile Economies Policy Brief
By Jay Benson, Victor Odundo Owuor on February 11, 2019

Fragile and conflict impacted states often suffer from a severe lack of investment capital for private sector development. Diaspora investors have the potential to play a critical role as frontier investors, providing much needed capital for economic growth and development. This report explores a variety of investment mechanisms and public policies which might help facilitate this important form of investment.


exploring the puzzle rebel terrorism
By Eric Keels on December 11, 2018

The decision by rebel groups to employ terrorism is influenced, in part, by the structure of rebel organizations as well as the strategic environment in which they operate. Rebel groups are more likely to use terrorism when they have close ties to vulnerable communities and are able to use media coverage of attacks to highlight their goals to their constituents. By understanding the strategic and organizational factors that lead to terrorism in war, conflict affected states and international stakeholders can take steps to reduce this form of violence. 


The Collapse of Mozambique’s 2013 Peace Agreement and Why it Matters
on July 19, 2018

This discussion paper analyzes the structural and causal factors that led to the collapse of Mozambique’s landmark 1992 General Peace Agreement in October 2013 and why they matter for the country’s future stability.


By Maisie Pigeon, Emina Sadic, Sean Duncan, Chuck Ridgway, Kelsey Soeth on May 23, 2018

The State of Maritime Piracy 2017 report includes analyses of the economic and human costs of piracy and armed robbery in the Western Indian Ocean Region, West Africa, Asia, and Latin American and the Caribbean.


Fact Sheet: Understanding SDG 10.C. Global Market on Remittances
By Sierra Method, Victor Odundo Owuor on March 19, 2018

This fact sheet seeks to identify successful strategies and reforms that countries have initiated in order to reduce remittance cost - in their effort to comply with Sustainable Development Goal 10C.


Private Sector Role in Reporting
By Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Promoting Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies on March 1, 2018

In Sustainable Development Goal 16, UN member states committed themselves to tracking and releasing information about the closely related issues of peace, justice, inclusion, and good governance.  Collecting good data about these issues is difficult and expensive, and many states will need to expand the capacity of their National Statistical Office to meet their commitment.  This report explores public-private partnerships as one tool for expanding the capacity of governments to collect and release data on good governance and peace.  Based on case studies, interviews, and a s


By Jay Benson on February 21, 2018

UN peacekeeping operations have evolved in recent years to include more robust missions that pursue peace enforcement in a way not previously seen. The central question of this report is: how does peace enforcement change where an actor targeted with intervention uses violence against civilians. The report finds that armed groups significantly reduce the area over which they target civilians. This has important implications for forces responsible for protecting civilians in peace enforcement missions.


cover of geography of violence against civilians
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. This policy brief discusses the policy implications of an initial study of peace enforcement and its impact on where actors use violence against civilians.


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 goods supporting human development. When all of these elements are present, they form a mutually reinforcing virtuous cycle that reduces the risk of violence.


on October 18, 2017

This issue paper explores the use of escorts by a state military asset as a model of contracted maritime security.


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