Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa

CCAPS is pleased to announce that the research of its Constitutional Design and Conflict Management (CDCM) project has recently been published as a book by the University of Pennsylvania Press, Constitutions and Conflict Management in Africa: Preventing Civil War Through Institutional Design, edited by Alan J. Kuperman. The book explores the types of domestic political institutions that can buffer societies from destabilizing changes that otherwise increase the risk of political violence, up to and including genocide. It presents seven new case studies and the first ever database of constitutional design in all African countries.

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Busby Participates in Stanley Foundation Discussion

On June 29, 2015, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ School Professor Josh Busby participated in the Stanley Foundation’s discussion, “Climate Change and Security: Examining the Role of Security Concerns in Climate Change Governance”, in New York City. The discussion preceded a UN Security Council open Arria-formula meeting on June 30, 2015 regarding the role of climate change as a threat multiplier for global security.

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ACLED Releases June 2015 Conflict Trends Report

This month's issue of ACLED's Conflict Trends Report focuses on civilian-targeted violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the continued encroachment of Islamic State (IS) affliate groups in Libya, xenophobic violence in South Africa, violent Islamist-related activity in Tanzania, LRA and ADF patterns of activity in Uganda and the surrounding Central African region and political factionalism and electoral violence in Zimbabwe. A special focus topic explores machine, human and crowdsourcing of conflict data collection.

Natural Disaster and Peacebuilding in Post-War Nepal

Political Violence at a Glance's post on Natural Disaster and Peacebuilding in Post-War Nepal discusses international aid for recovery from the 2015 earthquake and its impact on peace building efforts. The post references a case study, published in CCAPS Research Brief No. 22, on Sri Lanka and post-conflict peace building in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

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ACLED Releases May Conflict Trends Report

In this month's Conflict Trends report the focus is on the declining activity of Boko Haram in Nigeria, escalating protests in Burundi, and also provides an overview of an ACLED working paper on shifting forms and spatial distribution of protest activity in North Africa, an analysis of the neutrality doctrine in UN Peace-keeping Missions, cycles of protest and Islamist militancy in Tunisia. A special focus topic explores calculating the risk of conflict-related mortality micromorts.

Tracking Climate Aid in Africa: The Case of the World Bank

In 2014, the CCAPS research team reviewed, coded, and analyzed all World bank projects implemented in Sub-Saharan Africa for five years, from 2008 to 2012 inclusive, in an effort to discern trends in climate change adaptation and financing in the region by one of the leading providers of developement finance.

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ACLED releases April 2015 Conflict Trends Report

ACLED releases April 2015 Conflict Trends Report In the April 2015 edition of ACLED’s Conflict Trends report, CCAPS researchers Clionadh Raleigh and Caitriona Dowd focus focuses on the intervention of French Military Forces in West Africa, Islamist Militancy and Counter Insurgency strategies in North Africa, an analysis of violence surrounding the recent elections in Nigeria, and student-led protests in South Africa and targeted violence against foreign nationals. A special focus topic explores the targeting of children in conflict zones.

Moran on the Geospatial Community’s Role in the Ebola Relief Effort

Strauss Center Associate Director Ashley Moran was recently quoted in an article for Trajectory Magazine on how the geospatial community has addressed the lack of adequate mapping data in the context of the West African Ebola epidemic of 2014. This outbreak—particularly challenging given the size of the affected area, the risk of global spread of the disease, and the duration of the crisis—triggered an overwhelming response from the geospatial community. Read more ...

Global Food Prices, Regime Type, and Urban Unrest in the Developing World

Cullen Hendrix, a lead researcher on the CCAPS program, and Stephan Haggard recently published an article on global food prices and urban unrest in the Journal of Peace Research. Their research, which focuses on Africa and Asia and uses data from 1961 to 2010, is also highlighted in NewSecurityBeat, a blog by the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program.

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ACLED Releases Version 5.0

Version 5.0 of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) is now available and covers all African political violence from 1997 to 2014. ACLED tracks the actions of opposition groups, governments, and militias across Africa, specifying the location and date of battle events, transfers of military control, headquarter establishment, civilian violence, and rioting. Data are disaggregated by type of violence including battles between armed actors, violence against civilians, and rioting and a wide variety of actors including government forces, rebel groups, militias, and civilians.

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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.