In addition to specific research supporting the implementation projects, OEF has a research program actively investigating key elements of our "Peace through Governance" argument. The research conducted by OEF is organized in distinct research tracks.


foreign policy analysis Conditional Relationships Between Drought and Civil Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa
Written by Curtis Bell and Patrick W. Keys in 2016 Aug 15 - 9:49am

Few cross-national studies provide evidence of a relationship between environmental scarcity and conflict, although much of the literature claims that destabilizing effects of environmental crises can be mitigated by the right... Read More

Sefareres after release from piracy After the Release: The Long-Term Behavioral Impact of Piracy on Seafarers and Families
Written by Conor Seyle in 2016 Jun 21 - 9:35am
More than 3,000 seafarers have been held hostage by Somali pirates since 2001, with a significant, but unknown, number of seafarers kidnapped in other parts of the world. These seafarers, and their families, have... Read More
Somali Diaspora Investment Survey Report
Written by Jay B. Benson, Lindsay L. Heger, Lee C. Sorensen, Alexandria E. Wise in 2016 Jun 16 - 4:14pm
As the Somali regions continue to emerge from decades of civil war, investment is expanding, banks are opening their doors, and Somali exports are increasingly finding markets. Those most anxious to embrace the growing... Read More
glass ceilings Hillary Clinton What Happens After Glass Ceilings Shatter? The Influence a First Female Leader Has on Women’s Representation in Elected Offices
Written by Curtis Bell in 2016 Jun 14 - 10:13am

This paper leverages data from the fifty democracies that have had a female leader to better understand how women in the highest levels of government affect women’s representation in other elected offices. The experiences of... Read More

UN Intervention Brigade The UN Intervention Brigade: Extinguishing Conflict or Adding Fuel to the Flames?
Written by Jay Benson in 2016 Jun 2 - 11:47am
The authorization of the Intervention Brigade (IB) in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has sparked controversy in the international community over the value of such deployments for UN peace operations.... Read More
Powering Progress II: The Potential of Renewable Energy in Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central Somalia
Written by David Poplack and Kelsey Coolidge in 2016 May 9 - 2:29pm
This report provides a common operating picture based on diverse information collected from renewable energy experts, development actors, donors, and Somali businesspeople in the traditional and emerging renewable energy... Read More
group selection Causality and the Levels of Selection
Written by D.B. Krupp in 2016 Mar 30 - 2:12pm

When is it sensible to say that group selection has shaped organismal design? This question has prompted many replies but few credible solutions. New work that exposes the causal relationships between phenotypes and fitness... Read More

Democracies and coups Why Democratization Does Not Solve the Coup Problem
Written by One Earth Future in 2016 Mar 7 - 8:40am
Since the end of the Cold War, the military coup d’état has become the greatest threat to transitional democracies around the world. In support of the One Earth Future Foundation’s work to promote good governance, Dr.... Read More
Coup d’État and Democracy
Written by Curtis Bell in 2016 Feb 19 - 8:59am
This article explains coup activity in democracies by adapting insights from the literature on commitment problems and framing coup around the threats leaders and potential coup plotters pose to each other. The author uses... Read More
Duetting as a Collective Behavior
Written by David M. Logue and Daniel Brian Krupp in 2016 Feb 5 - 12:37pm

Mated birds of many species vocalize together, producing duets. Duetting behavior occurs at two levels of organization: the individual level and the pair level. Individuals initiate vocalizations, answer their mates'... Read More