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.

On April 20, 2016, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Alan Kuperman joined two other expert guests for a discussion of Libya on CCTV America’s “The Heat,” a weekly segment on news and current affairs. Dr. Kuperman expanded on comments he has made previously about the Obama Administration’s intervention in Libya, and offered insight into the difficulties facing a UN-sponsored unity government and how best to defeat ISIS in Libya.

On April 19-20, 2016, the government of Bahrain hosted the inaugural Infrastructure Security Conference, where over 150 regional energy professionals and international experts were invited to discuss the most important challenges in protecting critical energy assets. The conference highlighted the importance of natural resources as a critical component of security in the Middle East and examined the effects of better inter-regional cooperation between countries in safeguarding these essential resources from threats. Bahrain’s Minister of Energy, Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, presided over the conference which took place in Manama.

Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar Eugene Gholz recently published a chapter in Emerging Critical Technologies and Security in the Asia-Pacific, a volume edited by Richard A. Bitzinger. Gholz’s chapter, "Emerging Technologies’ Potential to Change the Balance of Power in Asia,” lays out a framework for understanding this complex issue in East Asia. In the chapter, Gholz describes how technology intersects with geography, economy, and foreign policy to determine how militaries interact.

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