Preventing a State Collapse in the Pacific: 15 Years On

Australia’s little known other “intervention” of 2003 wasn’t in the Middle East with the world’s eyes watching, but an effort to prevent a state collapse closer to home.

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Can Economic Conditions Explain the Flow of Foreign Fighters to ISIS?

The number of ISIS foreign fighters is positively correlated with a country’s GDP per capita and its Human Development Index.

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Is Education a Major Driver of Positive Peace?

One of the Positive Peace pillars is critically predicated upon the efficacy of a modern education system in the production and distribution of human capital in a society.

Subterranean Atrocities

The nature of intentional attacks against civilians in the world is mutating. Specifically, mass atrocity is transitioning from ‘state-centric and rebel-involved perpetration toward a murkier world of subterranean atrocity.

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Do Jobs Really Aid Peace?

The logic follows that more employment reduces conflict risk, which in turn fosters the economic environment for investment and more jobs, which further increases stability that leads to more jobs and so on. However, the potential to realise this virtuous cycle is a lot more complicated.

Darfur: The Estimated Impact of the Military Spending

The economic priorities of Sudan are distorted by the conflict. Sudan is a relatively poor country that spends far more lavishly on guns than on butter. The costs of the Darfur war are a serious public policy issue and an unaffordable drain on Sudan’s resources.

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