March 3, 2021

Biden called climate change an ‘existential threat.’ Can the U.N. Security Council help?

For the month of March, newly confirmed U.S. ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield will serve as the rotating president of the U.N. Security Council, where climate change has become an increasingly discussed topic. President Biden has called climate change an “existential threat” and emphasized its importance by appointing John F. Kerry as a special presidential envoy with a seat on the White House National Security Council.

Feb. 17, 2021

How History Predicts COVID-19’s Impact on Maritime Piracy, and What America Can do to Help

Minerva-funded researcher, Brandon Prins recent article discusses how previous financial crises have been followed by significant surges in maritime crime and that the economic impacts of the novel Coronavirus will likely do the same.

Feb. 12, 2021

Rethinking “Alliances”: The Case of South Africa as a Rising Power

How does South Africa view international alliances? International relations (IR) scholars have been debating the end of alliances and the relevance of the alliance paradigm itself. South Africa presents an excellent test case for advancing these debates for three reasons.

Feb. 11, 2021

Minerva-funded researchers new publication, Pirate Lands

Minerva-funded researchers, Ursula Daxecker and Brandon Prins demonstrate in their new publication, Pirate Lands that Maritime piracy-like civil war, terrorism, and organized crime-is a problem of weak states

Feb. 3, 2021

The "Pandemic Textbook" Must Include Decision-Making

Minerva-funded researcher, Neil D. Shortland and Laurence Alison recent article discusses why good pandemic management requires goal-directed least-worst decision-making. As scientists who study decision-making early on, they realized that what the COVID-19 pandemic required was rapid "least-worst" goal-directed decision-making.

Jan. 21, 2021

Gender in the time of COVID-19: Evaluating national leadership and COVID-19 fatalities

This recent article by Minerva-funded researcher, Dr. Leah Windsor and colleagues explore the idea that women world leaders are doing better (i.e., fewer deaths in the countries they lead) than men world leaders.

Jan. 13, 2021

DOD Awards $20.8M in Grants for Projects to Support Research in Social and Behavioral Science

The Department of Defense (DOD) has awarded $20.8 million in grants to 15 university-based Minerva Research Initiative (Minerva) faculty teams to support research in the social and behavioral sciences.

Jan. 11, 2021

Virtual Event - Syrian Refugees in the Middle East and in Europe: On the Psychology of a Humanitarian Challenge

The presentation on January 12, 2021 will discuss unprecedented empirical research into the psychology of Syrian refugees in the Middle East and in Europe, carried out by an international team of researchers headed up by Professor Arie Kruglanski of the University of Maryland. The research supported by the MINERVA program at the US Department of Defense bears on questions such as refugees’ motivations, their state of mind and feelings as function of the welcome they receive in the host countries.

Dec. 16, 2020

Mia Bloom presented at the SMA General Speaker Series on Qanon Radicalization and Conspiracy

Minerva-funded researcher, Dr. Mia Bloom (Georgia State University) presented at the Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) General Speaker Series on Qanon Radicalization and Conspiracy: 2017-2020 on December 15, 2020.

Dec. 9, 2020

New Owl in the Olive Tree post "Misreading Britain’s Decline—Identifying the Real Hegemonic Contest Between China and America"

Minerva-funded researcher, Gregory Mitrovich' s new Owl in the Olive Tree post "Misreading Britain’s Decline—Identifying the Real Hegemonic Contest Between China and America". How do we determine when a great power is in decline? When does this “decline” matter to the global balance of power? Since the end of World War II, perceptions of U.S. power have varied wildly, from moments of unparalleled hegemony to fears of rapid decay and a transition to a new dominant power.

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Applications for USIP's 2022-2023 Peace Scholar Competition is Now Open
By Toni Haynes | Sept. 16, 2021
In collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace, Minerva offers several programs for researchers at US universities working on topics related to peace, conflict, security, and stability. Currently, the program awards up to 18 scholarships per year, and awards support both research and writing stages of work on dissertations.
Steven Lobell discusses his Minerva-funded research in recent interview with UC San Diego
By Steven Lobell | Sept. 13, 2021
In the latest Alumni Confidential, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) dissertation fellow (1996-97) Steven Lobell, a professor of political science at the University of Utah and expert in U.S. grand strategy, international security, and great power competition talks about what the early years of academic life are (really) like, and why being an IGCC fellow helped him get a head start. He also shares emerging findings from his new Minerva-funded research on why some near crises escalate into full-blown conflict—and why others don’t—and how escalation can be avoided.

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