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21 January 2016

Hendrix and Salehyan Explore Issues Beyond the Climate-Conflict Nexus Using the Social Conflict in Africa Database

In a recent article for the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) researchers Cullen Hendrix and Idean Salehyan use the program’s Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) to address issues pertaining the regime repression in Africa.

In the article, “A House Divided: Threat Perception, Military Factionalism, and Repression in Africa”, the authors argue that African regimes are “especially likely to view challenges expressing ethnic and/or religious claims as threatening”, but that regimes with a history of military factionalism are less likely to use repression. Through the use of SCAD, the authors analyze 47 African countries over the period of 1990 to 2009, and find that military factionalism is associated with a significant reduction in the likelihood of repression, including the repression of ethnoreligiously based movements. Overall, the authors contend that the findings demonstrate the benefits of a blended, event-based approach to studying state repression.

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