State Capacity and the Unintended Consequences of Peace

A Colombian case study: territorial control is facilitated because of the difficulty of civilians to mobilise with a collective purpose.

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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.

The Untapped Potential of Humanitarian Economics

The humanitarian industry is booming and yet it is in crisis, writes Gilles Carbonnier.

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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.

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.

Conflict and Violence World Development Report 2017

“Violence shapes governance systems because it affects the distribution of economic, social and political power among social groups” writes Patricia Justino.

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National Service or All Volunteer?

“Increasingly, the U.S. regards military service as a personal and professional career choice and not a civic or national duty or as essential to the debate on American citizenship,” writes Jomana Amara.

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