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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.

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Strategic Tradeoffs in U.S. Naval Force Structure - Rule the Waves or Wave the Flag?
By Erik Gartzke and Jon Lindsay | March 4, 2021
In a recent article, "Strategic Tradeoffs in U.S. Naval Force Structure - Rule the Waves or Wave the Flag?", Minerva-funded researchers, Erik Gartzke and Jon Lindsay examine different aspects and implications of the recently released tri-service maritime strategy, Advantage at Sea: Prevailing with Integrated All-Domain Naval Power. This article is the fourth in a series of eight articles, “Maritime Strategy on the Rocks".
Biden called climate change an ‘existential threat.’ Can the U.N. Security Council help?
By Joshua Busby, Morgan Bazilian and Florian Kramp | March 3, 2021
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.

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