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Money changes everything? Poverty and deprivation in Northern Ireland

Neil T. N. Ferguson and Maren M. Michelsen

individuals in Northern Ireland experience handicaps from deprivation as a result of a conflict that, nominally, ended 20 years ago.

The misfortune of visibility in violent conflicts

Dr Damir Esenaliev and Susan Steiner

Desipte a common belief that Uzbeks are more prosperous than Kyrgyz people in Kyrgyzstan, a recent analyasis shows the Kyrgyz have slightly higher per capita expenditure than Uzbeks in urban areas.

‘Order at sea’ and landlocked countries in Africa

J. Paul Dunne

The number of maritime pirate attacks has been massively reduced and commentators are talking about ‘order at sea’ in the region.

Debating the future of the German arms industry, again

Michael Brzoska

Germany is, once again, debating the future of its arms industry, with long-held state support for arms production within Germany appearing to crumble.

The effect of firearm laws on firearm manufacturing location

Jurgen Brauer, Daniel Montolia and Elisa Trujillo

Desipte firearms being present is nearly every major conflict today, relatively little is known about the firearm industry.

When money isn’t enough to buy peace

Neil Ferguson

Randomised control trials underpin statistical research but they are sometimes accused of having ethical problems.

Voting under the gun: elections and conflict around the world

Thomas Flores

An 'election-violence' paradox: voting during civil conflict often leads to violence, but elections are often still considered a way to stabilize peace after a conflict ends.

Is terrorism an effective tool for obtaining territorial concessions?

Esteban F. Klor

Is terrorism an effective strategy for coercing a country to grant political and territorial concessions?

Heated debates but no consensus on climate change and violent conflict

Michael Brzoska

The recent report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gives conflicting messages on the question of whether climate change leads to violent conflict.

Firms in conflict: adapt or perish

Francesco Amodio and Michele Di Maio

Being an entrepreneur in a developing country affected by a violent conflict situation seems almost impossible, but it is not.