New DIE-GDI Discussion Paper: State Fragility and Forced Displacement

To wrap up the year we published a Discussion Paper on state fragility and forced displacement – this will be revised further in January for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, so comments and critiques are welcome!


Mobile Phones and Conflict Prevention: A recent interview

I was recently interviewed on my experience with, and research on, how mobile phones support conflict prevention as part of the launch of George Washington University’s Media and Peacebuilding Project. Along with my interview, they interviewed some really excellent people from across the research and practice spaces. I’m really excited to see what comes out of this program!

Peacekeeping’s Digital Economy: New article in International Peacekeeping

My colleague Nicholas Bodanac and I have been working on this for about a year now, and we finally have a published version of our paper where we argue that a digital turn in peacekeeping can have positive economic effects in post-conflict settings. It’s currently online at International Peacekeeping – anyone who wants the full text just needs to send a message, and I’ll be happy to share!

This was a challenging paper to take from start to finish, and it actually started as my PhD qualifying exam question back in 2013. I’ll write a post later this week about the writing process, and the challenge of taking the idea from exam response to finished article in a post later this week.

Development and Migration in Washington Post’s Monkey Cage section

Today my colleagues Benjamin Schraven and Steffen Angenendt, and I published an article about why wealthy nations should still be committed to providing development aid to countries with high emigration rates. It’s an important topic, especially since well designed development and migration policies can have positive outcomes for both sending and receiving countries. Enjoy reading!

Some Observations on Development and Migration

This week I was the featured writer for the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik/German Development Institute’s Current Column. I shared my thoughts and observations on how development and technical cooperation can support livelihoods in countries where people may otherwise migrate, often taking on extraordinary risks, to seek work and economic opportunities. Es gibt eine Deutsche Version hier.

Enjoy, and thanks to DIE-GDI for posting it!