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‘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.

Does corruption lead to bad incentives for investment?

Eleonora Nillesen

If corruption is as widespread and costly as people suggest, we need better evidence on how much corruption there is and how it affects people's daily lives.

Future challenges in international maritime security

Anja Shortland, Julia Amos and Sarah Percy

The International Maritime Security Conference showed that maritime security is vital for other forms of security.