UNU-WIDER working paper on development and conflict (in English!)

The last few things that went out from my desk were in German, so for my English readers here's a new UNU-WIDER working paper from Tilman Brück, Patricia Justino, and me reviewing the state of the field in development and conflict research. Hopefully it's useful, especially for those who are in drafting stages and developing … Continue reading UNU-WIDER working paper on development and conflict (in English!)

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 … Continue reading Some Observations on Development and Migration

Genocide Studies and Prevention special issue on tech and atrocity prevention

The latest issue of Genocide Studies and Prevention features a special collection on technology and genocide/atrocity prevention. I had the good fortune of being asked to write the closing article, a short synthesis of the fascinating collection of articles covering a range of issues from technical challenges to legal and ethical considerations. It's a solid … Continue reading Genocide Studies and Prevention special issue on tech and atrocity prevention

Development, Economic Aid, and Forced Displacement: An ISA Panel

A few colleagues and I are organizing a panel for next year's International Studies Association meeting in San Francisco on forced displacement, state fragility and international development. We have a few slots open for those who may have a paper that fits the theme - if you have something you'd like to present I'd love … Continue reading Development, Economic Aid, and Forced Displacement: An ISA Panel

Going From Science March to Political Impact

I was at the Bonn/Köln iteration of the March for Science and it was a good time. But as I watched the marches around the world, especially in the U.S., my thoughts turned to how to create further action. Large turnout in cities populated predominantly by people who already value science and empirically-based policy making can … Continue reading Going From Science March to Political Impact

Education and National Strength: A good take

Anthony Eames, a doctoral candidate in history at Georgetown University, wrote a superb defense of the role of education in supporting strategic strength and the importance of government investment in that enterprise. As an academic who also works in policy, I've always believed that government investment in education (especially the humanities) leads to a stronger … Continue reading Education and National Strength: A good take