CCAPS Final Program Report on "Climate, Conflict, and Governance in Africa"

The Strauss Center’s program on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) recently published its Final Program Report on “Climate, Conflict, and Governance in Africa: Pinpointing Risks and Opportunities.

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Moran, Escobar, and Robles-Olson Analyze “Democracy Aid in Difficult Contexts”

The Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program recently published its Democratic Governance research team's findings in a report titled "Democracy Aid in Difficult Contexts: Assessing Strategies and Impact." Researchers Ashley Moran, Brooke Escobar, and Daniel Robles-Olson explore what types of democracy aid are most successful in impacting democratic development in Africa. Their study focuses on two particularly challenging contexts: countries recovering from conflict and countries facing low human development.

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Robles Olson on "Pathways of Governance Aid Effectiveness: Countries with Low Human Development"

In CCAPS Research Brief No. 35, Pathways of Governance Aid Effectiveness: Countries with Low Human Development, CCAPS researcher Daniel Robles Olson explores the effectiveness of democracy aid programs in two high-poverty and low-human development countries: Benin and Guinea.

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Hendrix and Salehyan Release New SCAD Conflict Data for Africa and Latin America

As part of the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program, the Social Conflict Analysis Database (SCAD) team released updated data for Africa and Latin America covering conflicts through December 2015. The SCAD research project is led by Strauss Center senior fellows Cullen Hendrix and Idean Salehyan.

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New Review Available of Kuperman’s Latest Book

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 Yonatan Fessha, Senior Lecturer at the University of the Western Cape, in The Journal of Modern African Studies. Fessha praises the book, writing that “This important contribution breathes life into an aspect of conflict management that is largely neglected in the literature: constitutional design.”

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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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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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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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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.