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Policy Papers


Aleksandra Egorova and Cullen Hendrix, Do Natural Disasters Provide Opportunities for Conflict Resolution?, September 2016
Rather than providing opportunities for peaceful conflict resolution, rapid-onset natural disasters – like cyclonic storms, flooding, and wildfires – tend to prolong armed conflicts. The net of these effects, comparatively better climatic conditions – i.e., more rainfall, not less – tend to prolong conflict, suggesting the effects flow through resource mobilization in the primarily agricultural societies in which most civil conflicts take place.

Lee Cotton and Cassy Dorff, Criminal Networks and Human Security in Mexico, August 2016 
One key takeaway from our analysis is that the government's dependency on military force as the primary response to DTOs has been ineffective. Our research provides evidence that more military action – whether arrests or targeted killings – does not bring the government any closer to eliminating DTOs, nor does it diminish violence against civilians. The systemic problems of impunity and injustice require sustained, non-military attention at the local level. 

Rachel Epstein, The EBU has Stabilized the Eurozone, but Critical Issues of Form Remain, August 2016
The media has long focused on the European economic crisis in recent years as one of debt. Indeed, starting with Greece's first international rescue in 2010, which was the harbinger of several other bail-outs for EU member states, the events together have been referred to most often as a "sovereign debt crisis." A more profound problem for the Eurozone, however, was the contradiction between introducing a common currency in 1999, the euro, in a context of ongoing "banking nationalism."

US Progress Toward PSC Regulation Deborah AvantU.S. Progress Toward PSC Regulation: Promising but Potentially Stalled, September 2015
As the spotlight on PSCs has dimmed, the momentum toward PSC governance has waned. Unless Congress continues its pressure to solidify regulation, we could see future operations encounter avoidable PSC problems that will harm U.S. interests.

When and why are nonviolent protesters killers in Africa? Cullen Hendrix, When and Why are Nonviolent Protesters Killed in Africa?, August 2015
The decision to turn guns on nonviolent protesters revolves around the potential threat those protests pose to the government. Governments with smaller ethnic support coalitions are more likely to respond
to nonviolent protests with lethal force than leaders with more ethnically inclusive bases of support.

Policy Briefs on Nonviolent Actions and Non-state Actors

Marie Berry and Trishna Rana, Barriers to Women's Progress After Atrocity: Evidence from Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 2016
Recent research has found that war can sometimes open unexpected opportunities for women to increase their political mobilization. Yet how is this mobilization maintained? We address this question by exploring the processes that have emerged to undermine or limit women's mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Drawing from interviews with more than 230 women in both cases, we conclude that despite the change war precipitated in women's lives, the domestic state, international actors, and patriarchal structures complicated and restricted women's gains. The discussion that follows raises important points for discussions of gender, peace, and security and on how to best include women in post-war political processes.

Drug Policy briefSteven Zech  UNGASS 2016 and Drug Policy in America, March 2016
In April 2016 a United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) will convene to evaluate system-wide UN drug policies. Current policies have had little impact on efforts to lower drug production, to curtail drug usage, or to reduce the negative social and public health effects.

Walls Oliver Kaplan and Natalie Southwick, Walls as a Nonviolent Strategy in Armed Conflict, October 2015
Whether constructed and enforced by state institutions, international organizations, or civilian groups, walls are more than physical barriers. Their social significance reinforces their physical presence and they can therefore be powerful symbols that demarcate physical, political, social, and humanitarian boundaries. While they can keep populations safe, they can also reinforce divisions between them.

REPRESSIVE EFFORTS ARE CONSISTENTLY COUNTERPRODUCTIVE Erica Chenoweth and Laura DuganRepressive Efforts are Consistently Counterproductive in Reducing Al-Qaeda Inspired Violence against Canadians, August 2015
When the Canadian government adopts a more conciliatory posture toward ending terrorism, we see that the number of violent incidents toward Canadians declines. This analysis provides evidence for the notion that carrots, rather than sticks, may be effective tools in the continuing fight against violent extremism.

Religion and Social Cohesion

Fletcher D. Cox, Catherine R. Orsborn, and Timothy D. Sisk, "Religion, Peacebuilding, and Social Cohesion in Conflict-affected Countries: Research Report."

Case Study Overviews

Food Security and Climate Change

Aleksandra Egorova and Cullen Hendrix, "Climate Shocks, Hydrometeorological Disasters and Conflict Duration". 

Cullen Hendrix, "When Hunger Strikes: How Food Security Abroad Matters for National Security at Home" The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Cullen Hendrix, "Can Natural Disasters Precipitate Peace? " CCAPS Research Brief No. 22, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, UT Austin (with Aleksandra Egorova).

Cullen Hendrix, "Trends and Triggers: Climate Change and Interstate Conflict," CCAPS Research Brief No. 21, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, UT Austin (with Colleen Devlin and Brittany Franck).

Cullen Hendrix, "Climate Change, Global Food Markets, and Urban Unrest," CCAPS Research Brief No. 7, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, UT Austin

Cullen Hendrix, "Food Insecurity and Conflict Dynamics: Causal Linkages and Complex Feedbacks," Background paper for the FAO-WFP High Level Expert Forum on Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises(with Henk-Jan Brinkman).

Cullen Hendrix, "Climate Shocks and Political Violence: Beyond Scarcity, Beyond Africa," CCAPS Research Brief No. 3, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, UT Austin (with Idean Salehyan).

Cullen Hendrix, "A Population-Centric View of Social, Political, and Economic Indicators of a Fragile State," In National Security Challenges: Insights from Social, Neurobiological, and Complexity Sciences, SMA White Paper, Department of Defense.

Cullen Hendrix, "Markets vs. Malthus: Food Security and Global Economy," Peterson Institute for International Economics Policy Brief 11-12.

Cullen Hendrix, "Food Insecurity and Violent Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Addressing the Challenges," World Food Programme Occasional Papers No. 24 (with Henk-Jan Brinkman). 

Cullen Hendrix, "The Brewing Storm? Climate Change, Rainfall, and Social Conflict in Africa," CCAPS Policy Brief No. 2, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, UT Austin (with Idean Salehyan).


Cullen Hendrix, Putting Environmental Stress (Back) on the Mass Atrocities Agenda, The Stanley Foundation Policy Analysis Brief, October 2016

Jakkie Cilliers and Timothy D Sisk, Prospects for Africa's 26 fragile countries, African Futures Paper No. 8, October 2013.

Timothy Sisk, "Managing Contradictions: The Inherent Dilemmas of Postwar Statebuilding," International Peace Academy Policy Report, November 2007.

Timothy Sisk, "Democracy and Peacebuilding at the Local Level: Lessons Learned," with Paul Risley, Occasional Paper (Stockholm: International IDEA, Fall 2005).

Timothy Sisk, "Competing Claims: Self Determination and Security in the United Nations," with Simon Chesterman and Tom Farer, International Peace Academy Policy Brief, April 2001.

 Sié Center Workshop Reports

Creative Multilateralism Workshop Report, August 2016

Terms of Engagement: How to Better Engage Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives, January 2015

The New Power Politics: Networks and Transnational Security Governance, February 2014

The Role of Non-Violent Strategies in Violent Contexts, October 2013

Transparency and Governance of Private Military and Security Services, May 2012

Between Terror and Tolerance: Religion, Conflict, and Peacemaking, May 2011