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Aug. 16, 2021

Minerva-funded researchers reveal how contested waters have become maritime hot spots

In January, Nigerian-based pirates seized the MV Mozart, a large Liberian-flagged container ship heading to Cape Town, South Africa, from Lagos, Nigeria, as the ship sailed close to Sao Tome’s maritime border. Fifteen abducted officers and crew members were released in February after the shipping company paid a ransom, but one sailor died in the assault.

Aug. 3, 2021

Minerva-supported article on how AI/ML researchers think about policy and governance questions surrounding AI

Minerva-supported article on how AI/ML researchers think about policy and governance questions surrounding AI has now been published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. The Disruptive Effects of Autonomy: Ethics, Trust, and Organizational Decision-making

Aug. 3, 2021

Space Norms and U.S. National Security: Leading on Space Debris

It has been a busy few months for human activity in space. There is a new rover on Mars sending back jaw-dropping pictures and data. In May, a piece of debris from a Chinese rocket weighing 21 metric tons hurtled uncontrolled into the Indian Ocean. And Richard Branson just took matters into his own hands, flying to the edge of space on a Virgin Galactic spaceplane with Jeff Bezos hot on his heels.

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Leadership Targeting and Militant Alliance Breakdown
By Christopher W. Blair, Michael C. Horowitz, and Philip B. K. Potter | June 22, 2022
Minerva-funded researcher’s recent publication in the University of Chicago’s Journal of Politics show that leadership targeting can lead to the breakdown of alliances among militant groups.
Minerva-funded researchers new article, "What will keep ships — and people — safer in the Gulf of Guinea?"
By Brandon Prins | June 9, 2022
"While global maritime piracy generally decreased from 2015 to 2020, piracy incidents increased substantially in the Gulf of Guinea."

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