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March 26, 2020

The Department of Defense Announced Awards Totaling $2 Million for Minerva’s Defense Education Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the selection of faculty teams for awards through Minerva’s FY2019 Defense Education and Civilian University Research (DECUR) Partnership, supporting fundamental research and professional military education.

March 20, 2020

Owl in the Olive Tree post "Casualties of Good Governance: How Corruption Helps Ordinary Citizens in Autocracies"

Minerva-funded researcher, Marina Zaloznaya's Owl in the Olive Tree post "Casualties of Good Governance: How Corruption Helps Ordinary Citizens in Autocracies". In forty-eight countries around the world—most of which are poor and non-democratic—at least a quarter of citizens report giving bribes to doctors, teachers, policemen, and other public officials in exchange for services (Transparency International 2019). To decrease the documented negative effects of such widespread bureaucratic corruption on economic and political health of....

March 17, 2020

Threat Enhances Aggressive Inclinations Among Devoted Actors Via Increase in Their Relative Physical Formidability

Devoted actors—those who share sacred values with a group with which they are fused—are particularly willing to self-sacrifice to defend their group or values when they are threatened. Here, we explore whether they are also prone to aggressive inclinations toward those who endanger their group or convictions.

March 11, 2020

Scott Atran's new article, "Measures of Devotion to ISIS and other Fighting and Radicalized Groups"

Minerva-funded research Scott Atran's new article, "Measures of Devotion to ISIS and other Fighting and Radicalized Groups" has been published in "Current Opinion in Psychology". Read more

March 3, 2020

Minerva-funded researcher speaks on "What I Learned From Scanning the Brains of Potential Terrorist"

Minerva-funded researcher speaks on "What I Learned From Scanning the Brains of Potential Terrorist". This research discusses how understanding the mind of a radical Islamist can prevent the next white-nationalist attack.

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