Root of Conflict Podcast

Why are some places affected by violence and disorder while others enjoy peace and stability? From the University of Chicago Public Policy Podcasts, Root of Conflict analyzes violent conflict around the world, and the people, societies, and policy issues it affects. We meet with leading experts to discuss what can be done to create more peaceful societies.

This series is produced in partnership with The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts. 

Root of Conflict

03.09.20

Future of Defense: Big Data and Cyber Warfare

What is the role of big data in modern-day conflict? How prepared are defense leaders in interpreting data and effectively leveraging its use on the battlefield? How has cyber warfare evolved over the past decade, and what lessons can we draw from the Russian example in Crimea? Pearson Fellows Sonnet Frisbie (MPP ‘21) and Haz Yano (MPP ‘20) interview Colonel (ret.) Liam Collins, the Executive Director of the Madison Policy Forum and the Viola Foundation. COL (ret.) Collins is a retired Army Special Forces Officer who previously served as the former Director of the Combating Terrorism Center and the Modern War Institute at West Point.

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Root of Conflict

02.10.20

The Wars of Queens

Are female leaders more likely to engage in warfare than male leaders? In this episode of “Root of Conflict” we spoke with Dr. Oeindrila Dube, the Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the Harris School of Public Policy to help answer this question. Dr. Dube co-authored a paper titled “Queens,” which examines Europe from 1480-1913 to see if states led by women experienced more peace than states led by men. The findings show that women leaders were more likely to participate in war than male leaders during this period, challenging many norms and perceptions of women in leadership positions. Professor Dube walks us through the empirical approaches used in this research, as well as how to interpret these findings within the broader context of the study of gender and conflict.

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Root of Conflict

02.03.20

Building Peace and Social Accountability: Lessons from Sierra Leone

In this episode of Root of Conflict, we spoke with Andrew Lavali, the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Governance Reform (IGR), a research and evidence-based advocacy think tank based in Sierra Leone. In this interview, we discussed the concept of “social accountability” in a post-conflict context, as well as the IGR’s work in promoting sustainable development and strengthening political and economic governance in Sierra Leone.

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