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Measuring conflict exposure in micro-level surveys

Tilman Brück

For a peacebuilding and reconstruction policy to succeed, it must consider how people are affected by war and violence.

China, India and the three Cs

Herbert Wulf

The influence of conflict, competition and cooperation on China–India relations continues to produce an unbalanced power dynamic.

What next in research on the economics of violent conflict?

Dr Patricia Justino

While we have growing amounts of data on the relationship between violent conflict and household welfare, the theory is still catching up.

The governance of natural resources in hybrid political orders (part 2)

Gilles Carbonnier and Lara Atanasijevic

How can the governance of extractive resources in weak states be improved in North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo?

The governance of natural resources in hybrid political orders (part 1)

Gilles Carbonnier and Lara Atanasijevic

How can the governance of extractive resources in weak states be improved in North Kivu in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo?

The myth of Sisyphus and the security burden of the Middle East

Partha Gangopadhyay

Despite research showing that military spending does not prevent wars, world military spending has been stable at roughly three per cent of global GDP since 1990.

Weighing the benefits of military versus civilian research in the European Union

Michael Brzoska

The EU's attempt to fight the economic crisis by shifting research money to the defence sector is highly questionable.

What happens when the traffic light never turns green?

Olaf de Groot and Neil Ferguson

The 'traffic light' approach to measuring national security threats is flawed, but it is still used in Europe.

Neighbours: A blessing or a curse?

Jurgen Brauer

In June 2013, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) reported that by the end of 2012 an estimated 45.2 million people worldwide lived ‘in situations of displacement’, making refugees the 30th largest country in the world by population size.

More trouble on the high seas: the real story behind Captain Phillips

Anja Shortland

Are Somali pirates 'victims' of their circumstances?