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The disturbing rationality of violence against civilians

by Charles H. Anderton

What can the attack at Deerfield, Massachusetts against English civilians in 1704 teach us about 'rational choice' in conflicts?

200 years of landlessness? Land inequality and the search for peace in Colombia

by Thomas Edward Flores

Land inequality has long been at the heart of rural conflict in Colombia and it is unclear if the recent agreement on the 'radical transformation of rural Colombia

Conflict and firm dynamics: some issues and some wishes

by Michele Di Maio

Despite growing work on the ecoomics of conflict, the impact on firms is still unknown, even whether conflict favours or hinders firms.

How to ‘do’ economic development in conflict-affected contexts (hint: it’s about politics)

by Dr Patricia Justino

Once a conflict is over and humanitarian aid leaves, how are people fed, livelihoods secure and market access improved?

Sunlight disinfects—but beware of the shade

by Leopoldo Fergusson, by Juan Fernando Vargas

Free media is no guarantee of political accountability and, without a sufficiently strong institutional environment, can even lead to unintended

More pain but not gain: productive and unproductive sanctions

by Michael Brzoska

The recent additional sanctions against North Korea and Iran are unlikley to change these regimes' policies and could hav enegative effects if they hurt citizens rather than the powerful elite.

Focal points and fuzzy borders

by Jurgen Brauer

We don't need to create or maintain borders against all reason; keeping borders 'fuzzy' can help make and keep peace.

Combating Blackbeard: how to reduce maritime piracy in Somalia

by Olaf de Groot

Piracy is a response to the incentives provided to pirates and ridding piracy will require creating incentives to disengage from piracy activities.

Can UN troops influence economic development? The case of South Sudan

by Raul Caruso, by Roberto Ricciuti

The deployment of UN peacekeepers in South Sudan is associated with higher cereal production between 2008–11,

Microbial resistance

by Min Hyun Maeng

The threat of antibotics-resistant ’superbugs’ is growing, but antibiotic development in the drug industry is not keeping up.