ACLED Releases December 2015 Conflict Trends Report

The December 2015 issue of Conflict Trends focuses on Boko Haram violence and general elections in Nigeria, xenophobic riots and tuition fee protests in universities in South Africa, the trajectory of conflict in South Sudan as it enters its third year of civil war, an increase in ethnic and communal violence as pro-government militias scaled down attacks in Su-dan, and riot and protest activity and strategic shifts in Islamist violence in Tunisia. 

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ACLED Releases November 2015 Conflict Trends Report

The November 2015 issue of Conflict Trends focuses on the diffusion of protests in Algeria amidst elite corruption, State of Sinai activity and parliamentary elections in Egypt, intra-party political violence in Guinea, political contestation in Republic of Congo following President Denis Sassou Nguesso’s constitutional amendment to term limits, demonstrations over university fees in South Africa, and heightened protest activity re-lated to the 2016 elections in Uganda.

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CCAPS Releases African Constitutional Design Database

The Strauss Center’s Climate Change and Political Stability Program (CCAPS) program is excited to announce the release of its African Constiutional Design Database, which presents cross-sectional data on constitutional design across all African states, dating back to 2011. The database, compiled by Eli Poupko, was completed for the book chapter, "Africa’s Domestic Institutions of Integration and Accommodation: A New Database," in the newly released Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War through Institutional Designedited by Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Alan Kuperman

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Symposium on Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa

On Friday, October 16, 2015, the Strauss Center hosted a symposium entitled Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa.  The symposium focused on new research published in the book Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design edited by Dr. Alan Kuperman, an Associate Professor at the LBJ School and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar.

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ACLED Releases October 2015 Conflict Trends

The October 2015 issue of Conflict Trends focuses on the recent coup attempt and popular mobilisation in Burkina Faso, one-sided violence and strategic power-sharing in Burundi, the geography of rebellion in Democratic Republic of Congo, political dialogue and military power play in Libya and by-election violence and UPND incited riots in Zambia.

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CCAPS Releases Research on Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa

The CCAPS program released today two briefs on climate change resilience in urban cities in Africa. The first brief, Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa: Part I: The Policy Challenge, examines the efforts made by ten African cities to develop resiliency to climate events. The second brief in the two-part series, Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa: Part II: The Resilience Policy Agenda, first describes the policy system for developing urban resilience initiatives and then identifies the forces that shape local plans and initiatives to build urban resilience to the climate change hazards described in the first brief.

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Urban Resilience to Climate Change Challenges in Africa

In September 2015, CCAPS and the LBJ School of Public Affairs released a new report that examines the capacity of governmental systems to prepare for and respond to climate change and climate-related hazards in a set of large urban areas in Africa.

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ACLED Releases September 2015 Conflict Trends

The September 2015 issue of ACLED's Conflict Trends focuses on allegations against peacekeeping forces in Central African Republic, the continuation of a regime of intimidation in Egypt, the potential for Islamic State expansion across Africa, decreased levels of violence following peace talks in South Sudan and a reduction in violence against civilians in Sudan, economically driven protests in Tunisia and patterns of violence surrounding the Zimbabwe by-elections.

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CCAPS Work Helps Shed Light on Climate Change and Security

The work of the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and Political Stability Program (CCAPS) program was featured in a recent Trajectory Magazine article on the relationship between climate change and national security. In the article, "A Signal From the Noise," author Melanie Kaplan argues that geospatial intelligence should be utilized to better understand the security implications of climate change and points to CCAPS work as an example of how this can be done.

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ACLED Releases August 2015 Conflict Trends Report

ACLED's August issue of Conflict Trends focuses on Algeria’s fragile security situation, tentative peace agreements and violence between Islamic State and Al-Qaeda affiliated groups in Libya, strategic adaption of Al Shabaab forces in Kenya, continued Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria, increased cultural protests in South Africa and the impact of sweeping security measures in Tunisia following the Sousse attack.Two Special Reports focus on peacekeeping and violence against civilians and governance and conflict.

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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.