Moran on the Geospatial Community’s Role in the Ebola Relief Effort

Strauss Center Associate Director Ashley Moran was recently quoted in an article for Trajectory Magazine on how the geospatial community has addressed the lack of adequate mapping data in the context of the West African Ebola epidemic of 2014. This outbreak—particularly challenging given the size of the affected area, the risk of global spread of the disease, and the duration of the crisis—triggered an overwhelming response from the geospatial community. Read more...

Global Food Prices, Regime Type, and Urban Unrest in the Developing World

Cullen Hendrix, a lead researcher on the CCAPS program, and Stephan Haggard recently published an article on global food prices and urban unrest in the Journal of Peace Research. Their research, which focuses on Africa and Asia and uses data from 1961 to 2010, is also highlighted in NewSecurityBeat, a blog by the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program.

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ACLED Releases Version 5.0

Version 5.0 of the Armed Conflict Location and Event Dataset (ACLED) is now available and covers all African political violence from 1997 to 2014. ACLED tracks the actions of opposition groups, governments, and militias across Africa, specifying the location and date of battle events, transfers of military control, headquarter establishment, civilian violence, and rioting. Data are disaggregated by type of violence including battles between armed actors, violence against civilians, and rioting and a wide variety of actors including government forces, rebel groups, militias, and civilians.

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CCAPS Releases Research on Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa

The CCAPS program released today two briefs on climate change resilience in urban cities in Africa. The first brief, Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa: Part I: The Policy Challenge, examines the efforts made by ten African cities to develop resiliency to climate events. The second brief in the two-part series, Climate Change Resilience in Urban Africa: Part II: The Resilience Policy Agenda, first describes the policy system for developing urban resilience initiatives and then identifies the forces that shape local plans and initiatives to build urban resilience to the climate change hazards described in the first brief.

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ACLED Expands Conflict Tracking to Asia

The Armed Conflict Location and Event Database (ACLED) is now tracking conflict events in Asia as a part of the Strauss Center's new program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA). ACLED is directed by Dr. Clionadh Raleigh, Strauss Center Associate and Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sussex.

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ACLED info basis of recent article in the Economist

ACLED is the basis for "The Blight of Boko Haram", an article recently pusblished in the Economist.  This article details Boko Haram, a jihadst group, whose insurgency began in 2009 and continues throughout north-eastern Nigeria today. 

Todd Smith Is Guest Contributor on New Security Beat Blog

Todd Smith, PhD candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and CCAPS research assistant, examines the relationship between food prices and sociopolitical conflict in the New Security Beat blog.

Moran and Raleigh on Policies to Address Climate-Conflict Links in Africa

CCAPS researchers Ashley Moran and Clionadh Raleigh, with co-author Yacob Mulugetta, published a new paper with the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC), exploring how local-level conflict and environmental data can assist policymakers and researchers in assessing links between environmental patterns and violence.

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Hendrix on Water Security in the Sahel

In CCAPS Research Brief No. 24, researcher Cullen Hendrix analyses water security in the Sahel region by examining a specific case study: Niger. Hendrix argues that Niger illustrates how strained water resources in a country can be "a source both of conflict and cooperation."

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Food Security Series Explores Ways to Combat Food Vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa

A new series published by CCAPS and UT's Innovations for Peace and Development program explores food security vulnerability in Sub-Saharan Africa. The four briefs delve into the implications of food vulnerability, analyze measures of resilience, and provide policy recommendations for increasing food security on the continent.

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New Climate Dashboard Explores Climate Security

The CCAPS Climate Dashboard analyzes where and how climate-related events could disrupt Africa's security and development.