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.

The August 2015 ACLED-Asia’s Conflict Trends Report focuses on areas of heightened activity across the subcontinent. Special focus topics include an analysis of Pakistan’s ongoing military operation, Zarb-e-Azb, and its impact on Pakistani security, as well as an overview of the various causes for competition and conflict over land in India.

Last September, former Strauss Center Student Fellow Sarah Kaiser-Cross delivered a presentation on the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) at the Department of Defense Minerva Conference. Her presentation provided an overview of the ACLED project, a publicly available geo-referenced dataset on political violence. ACLED is supported by Minerva project funding through the Strauss Center’s CCAPS program, as well as by a European Research Commission grant.

On September 16, 2015, the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law, the Clements Center for National Security, and the Intelligence Studies Project co-sponsored with the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence in the Division of Diversity and Campus Engagement an event focused on diversity recruitment at the CIA featuring Director John Brennan.

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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