Escobar on Governance Aid Effectiveness in Rwanda and Burundi

In CCAPS Research Brief No. 34, Pathways of Governance Aid Effectiveness: The Case of Rwanda and Burundi, CCAPS researcher Brooke Escobar analyzes aid programming in post-conflict situations using a case study of Rwanda and Burundi. The study considers the causal mechanisms through which democracy promotion programs impact democratic development in a post-conflict context, seeking to identify whether building formal institutions or fostering informal democratic norms contributes more effectively to democratic development after conflict.

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ACLED Releases June 2016 Conflict Trends Report

In the new June issue of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project’s Conflict Trends Report, researchers give a snapshot of political violence in Africa as well as an in-depth analysis of a stabilization in the conflict environment in Libya. The report also includes briefs on escalating offensives and protests in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a geographical shift in clashes in South Sudan, restricted political violence in Sudan due to the rainy season, and increased conflict activity and the threat of the Islamic State in Tunisia.

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Weaver Pilots Subnational Food Security Data Mapping

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Catherine Weaver, co-director for Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) at the University of Texas at Austin, recently co-authored a report for the Ending Rural Hunger Project at the Brookings Institute. The paper, “Mapping Food Assistance in Malawi”, discusses a new methodology used by IPD and the Climate Change and African Political Stability program (CCAPS) to improve the analytic power of data on food security.

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Moran on Assessing Effectiveness of Governance Aid in Africa

In the latest research brief by the CCAPS program, Assessing Effectiveness of Governance Aid in Africa, Strauss Center Associate Director Ashley Moran discusses the causal mechanisms through which democracy aid may positively impact democratic development in Africa. While recent studies on U.S. democracy aid worldwide found that democracy aid programs overall do have a positive impact on democratic development, there is still little known about how democracy aid has brought about this success.

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ACLED Releases May 2016 Conflict Trends Report

In the May issue of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project's Conflict Trends Report, researchers analyze the Oromia protests in Ethiopia and how they challenge under-standings of collective action, encroaching violence by Fulani herders in southeastern Nigeria, a decline in overall protest events in April 2016, and concomitant rise in voter registration protests in South Africa.

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Kuperman’s New Volume Reviewed in the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and CCAPS researcher Alan Kuperman’s new book,Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design, was recently reviewed by Mia Swart, Professor of International Law at the University of Johannesburg, in the International Journal of Constitutional Law. Swart describes the book as ambitious, optimistic, and outstanding.

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ACLED Releases April 2016 Conflict Trends Report

ACLED’s April 2016 edition of the Conflict Trends report focuses on increased protest activity in Chad at the beginning of this year, widespread police abuses in Egypt, the resurfacing of the Mozambican National Resistance movement (RENAMO) violence in Mozambique, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Mourabitoun attacks against foreign nationals in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali, and the rise of organized anti-state violence in the aftermath of Museveni’s electoral victory and anti-FDC violence in Uganda.

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Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa Reviewed in Perspectives on Politics

The March 2016 issue of the journal Perspectives on Politics included a review of Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Alan Kuperman’s most recent volume, Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War through Institutional Design (U. of Pennsylvania, 2015), which emerged from the Strauss Center’s CCAPS program. Reviewer Shanna A. Kirschner places Kuperman’s book in the context of other scholarship on conflict management and constitutional design by Lijphart, Horowitz, Nilsson, and others.

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ACLED Releases March 2016 Conflict Trends Report

ACLED’s March 2016 edition of the Conflict Trends report focuses on violence by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largely peaceful protests against the expansion of Addis Ababa and the response of security forces in Ethiopia, territorial gains made by General Khaliah Haftar’s military forces in Benghazi, Libya, the wide geography of riots and protests by Children of the Liberation Struggle (CLS) in Namibia, the peace process in South Sudan, spikes in protest, and low-level Islamist insurgency in Tunisia, and election-based violence in Uganda.

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CCAPS Scholars' Essays Published from Constitutions and Conflict Management Symposium

This week, scholars who had participated in a Strauss Center symposium on Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design saw their essays published as a special section of the journal Ethnopolitics titled “Can Constitutional Design Avert Ethnopolitical Violence?”

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CCAPS Mapping Tools Explore Climate Security

The CCAPS Mapping Tools visualize data on climate change vulnerability, conflict, and aid to analyze how these issues intersect in Africa.