The Perils of Top-down State-Building

Can weak states build social order from the top down?


Social Structure and Conflict

Why are conflicts in some areas especially frequent and severe?

Liberia | American Economic Review

Reducing Crime and Violence: Experimental Evidence from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Liberia

Can therapy influence criminals to stop violent careers?

Liberia | Journal of Peace Research

Predicting Local Violence in Liberia

Is it possible to predict where violence will occur?

Sierra Leone | Science

Reconciling After Civil Conflict Increases Social Capital but Decreases Individual Well-Being

Does reconciliation heal the wounds of war?


Are states led by women less prone to conflict than states led by men?

Northern Nigeria

Labor Market Opportunities and Violent Crime among Muslim Youth: Experimental Evidence from Northern Nigeria

Can providing labor market opportunities improve economic well-being and decrease violent criminal activity?

A Sierra Leonian soldier, who has been trained by British troops, guards the border of Liberia.

SIERRA LEONE - JULY 22, 2002: Sierra Leone, known for some of the decade’s worst war crimes, is keeping a fragile peace as its neighbor Liberia spirals into more intense fighting. Liberia’s rebels have waged an insurgency for three years, but have stepped up attacks recently against President Charles Taylor’s government. Taylor, a former warlord who won presidential elections in 1997, says he is being targeted by some of his rivals from the 1989-96 civil war. The heavy toll on civilians in the fighting poses a threat to the stability of other countries in the region, including Sierra Leone. In 2002, there were about 50,000 refugees in Sierra Leone according to the World Food Program and 100,000 internally displaced people within Liberia.