From the monthly archives: May 2020

In the countries where the Conflict Research Programme conducts research, democracy activists and external actors (we use the catch-all term ‘policymaker’ in this blog) usually have multiple goals. They want to end armed conflict, build governance institutions (once conflict ends), reform the security sector, and promote democracy and justice. Since these goals are extremely […]

Continue Reading

Political reporters recently revealed that Republican consultants have landed on a new strategy for fighting the 2020 election: blaming China for the coronavirus outbreak. The president’s party believes they can tar his opponents, including presidential candidate former vice president Joseph Biden, with the allegation of having being too cozy and accommodating with Beijing.

[…]

Continue Reading

The second state case study in the WPF’s new research project tracking COVID 19 in places of detention, is now available. In this newly published case study, we analyze the data and infection trends in Illinois. We have also updated the Massachusetts case study.

Illinois is home to an enormous array of […]

Continue Reading

A-parting

On May 4, 2020 By

From hospital rooms, mortuaries, and cemeteries come imagery of the immediate period of “post-death”—in those first hours and days—that rarely has been so sharply rendered for public view. This is usually a time passed privately, with the transition from life to death witnessed by those in closest proximity, often accompanied by specific rituals and in-gatherings sought for comfort. But now there is the absence of these familiar, often familial, moments.

Continue Reading