"It would be a mistake to reverse or suspend any of the reforms now underway at Langley without the benefit of a rigorous and objective assessment of how the new priorities, structures, and work processes are actually impacting the Agency’s core missions: collecting intelligence from human sources (HUMINT), evaluating information from all sources, and shaping conditions abroad through covert actions," writes Steve Slick.

The Research Center of Distributional Conflict and Globalization in collaboration with the GIScience Group at Heidelberg University will be hosting workshop titled “Geospatial Analysis of Disasters: Measuring Welfare Impacts of Emergency Relief” at Heidelberg University in Germany on July 18-19, 2016. Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and LBJ Associate Professor Joshua Busby will participate in this workshop which is designed to bring together researchers from the fields of economics, geography, computer science, political science, sociology, and other relevant disciplines to discuss the use geospatial methods for measuring economic losses and recovery of other welfare indicators after disasters.

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.

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.

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.