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April 28, 2022

Exploring the Social-Ecological Factors that Mobilize Children into Violence

This article applies the social-ecological model to children’s mobilization into two violent groups—Central American gangs and terrorist organizations. While these two groups clearly differ in important ways, there are contextual similarities that frame a child’s involvement in each. For example, both flourish in low-resource settings where governmental structures may have been weakened or disrupted.

April 13, 2022

Minerva-funded Research Reveals How Misinformation can be Re-invigorated in Discourse Through the Novelty of a Major Event

Analysts of social media differ in their emphasis on the effects of message content versus social network structure. The balance of these factors may change substantially across time. When a major event occurs, initial independent reactions may give way to more social diffusion of interpretations of the event among different communities, including those committed to disinformation.

April 7, 2022

Rising Power Alliances team from the Fletcher School new publication "Brazilian alliance perspectives: towards a BRICS development–security alliance?"

This study examines Brazil’s perceptions by introducing and analyzing a new data set of Brazilian expert discourses on alliances since 1990 and using its participation in BRICS as an empirical case.

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New Minerva-funded Publication, "Assessing impacts to maritime shipping from marine chokepoint closures"
By Lincoln Pratson | Jan. 5, 2023
"New GIS-enabled analysis by a Minerva-funded researcher from Duke University maps what the far-reaching impacts to international trade and shipping could be if any of the world’s 11 busiest marine chokepoints, or shipping straits, are closed due to politics, piracy, vessel accidents, or other causes."
Findings from a Minerva Research Initiative funded project on Near Crisis Escalation helped NATO leaders approve a new Strategic Concept that updated the alliance’s core tasks
By Toni DeVille | Dec. 14, 2022
Dr. Scott Silverstone (USMA West Point) and Dr. Steven Lobell (PI, University of Utah) presented to NATO officials the findings from the Minerva Research Initiative and Office of Naval Research funded project on Near Crisis Escalation.

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