September, 2014

Taking the Conflict Out of Conflict Minerals

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In 2007, the electronics industry became the target of activist groups who argued that downstream companies to artisanal mining were contributing to violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). […]

The Trust Deficit and Stable Governance

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Most people do not trust their governments. Surveys suggest that worldwide, across the general public and among decision makers, the figure is now below 45 percent. This growing deficit looks […]

Water, Water, Disappearing Everywhere

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Fifty years ago, Lake Chad in Africa had a surface area of 25,000 square kilometers. Today, it has less than 2,000. The surface area of the Aral Sea in Central […]

The Future Is Now: Evaluation and Impact in the Next Two Decades

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While there is still much we do not know about how to achieve, sustain, and maintain peace, it is clear that peace is necessary for a community to thrive. However, […]

Noosphere and Noopolitik: Our Transcendental Destination

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In 1922, not long after the end of the “war to end all wars” and at the beginning of what has since proved one of the bloodiest centuries in recorded […]

Technology: Progress and Potential

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We didn’t know what the word “tsunami” meant when it hit Sri Lanka on December 26, 2004. But our ignorance extended far beyond meteorological phenomena — ten years ago, lives […]

Out of the Mountains: The Coming of Age of the Urban Guerrilla

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The title of David Kilcullen’s latest volume, Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla, takes a leaf from Osama bin Laden’s book. According to a CNN […]

Big Men: A Film by Rachel Boynton

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Big Men gives viewers fly-on-the-wall access to boardrooms of billion-dollar oil deals, intimate chats with African royalty, and strategy sessions with an underground militant group as the story behind big […]

Conflicts of the Future: A Snapshot

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Date: September 2014

Non-state Actors and Competing Sources of Legitimacy in Conflict-Affected Settings

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In conflict-affected and fragile settings, national governments often lack strong legitimacy and authority across their territories and are often challenged with capacity and infrastructure constraints to deliver the basic services […]