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Michael Spagat
January 15, 2019

The Debate Continues: Peace by the Numbers

Aaron Clauset brings something new to the table by showing that the Correlates of War (COW) dataset on international war size and timing is compatible with a “no change” model according to which the risks of international wars of all possible sizes have remained stable over the last two centuries. M...
January 05, 2019

Unsafe Sea Migration, and The Real Counter-Piracy Lessons

More than 1,600 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. The month of April alone accounted for an estimated 1,100 dead in three separate accidents involving over-crowded vessels ferrying people fleeing the conflicts in Middle Eastern and Northern African countries for the safety of Euro...
December 15, 2018

City-Level Governance in Africa Is Key to Human Security

The African continent is expected to account for 80 percent of the projected 4 billion increase in the global population by 2100 and over 80 percent of the increase is expected to take place in cities. In contrast to Europe, Japan, and North America, who are experiencing population growth declines. ...
December 01, 2018

Priorities after ISIS: Security and Services Provision

Restoring security in conflict-affected territories is the fundamental first step towards peacebuilding. But, according to Paul Collier, high degrees of military spending are actually counter-productive to achieving peace and are associated with a heightened risk of war renewal.
November 08, 2018

Promoting Girls’ Empowerment to Reach Gender Equality

Women’s participation has been recognized as fundamental for both the full realization of human rights and the possibility of sustainable peace. Yet women’s presence in politics remains low. What can be done to embolden the female youth of today to strive for equality?
November 08, 2018

Leadership Change and Violent State Repression

New leadership has brought a renewed effort to resolve the military dispute between Ethiopia and Eritrea and may help promote an end to Ethiopia’s domestic insurgencies. Could these positive developments also influence violent state repression in Ethiopia as it continues toward democratic reform?
September 23, 2018

Is There Really Evidence for a Decline of War?

Is the world becoming more peaceful? Recent decades have clearly been more peaceful than average. A number of people argue that this peaceful period is more than a temporary phenomenon and actually represents a consistent decline in war over the past two centuries. If so, we could reasonably expect ...