What Works in Preventing Election Violence

What Works in Preventing Election Violence

Monday, October 22, 2018

By: Jonas Claes; Inken von Borzyskowski

Drawing on extensive field research in Kenya and Liberia around the 2017 elections in those countries, this report uses local survey data to evaluate the effectiveness of seven prevention measures thought to reduce the risk of election violence. Its recommendations, directed primarily to the international community but offering...

Electoral Violence

Electing Peace in Liberia

Electing Peace in Liberia

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

By: Jonas Claes; Inken von Borzyskowski

The day after Christmas Liberians went to the polling stations to elect George Weah, a former international soccer player, as the new President of Liberia. Weah beat the former vice president and chief opponent, Joseph Boakai, in a run-off election. The risk of election-related violence was substantial given...

Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance

Preventing Election Violence in Liberia

Preventing Election Violence in Liberia

Thursday, September 7, 2017

By: Jonas Claes; Inken von Borzyskowski

Liberia will hold presidential and legislative elections on October 10. The run-up to the vote has been primarily peaceful, and the country has engaged in ongoing efforts to prevent election violence. This Peace Brief, based on USIP research, assesses the risk of election violence and the scope of violence prevention efforts, and provides recommendations for ongoing prevention.

Electoral Violence; Democracy & Governance

Women in Nonviolent Movements

Women in Nonviolent Movements

Thursday, December 29, 2016

By: Marie A. Principe

Women’s meaningful involvement in civil resistance movements has shown to be a game changer. Examining movements in Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Liberia, the Palestinian territories, Poland, Syria, and the United States, this report advocates for the full engagement of women and their networks in nonviolent movements for a simple and compelling reason—because greater female inclusion leads to more sustainable peace. 

Gender; Nonviolent Action

Tension Rising Ahead of Kenya, Liberia 2017 Elections

Tension Rising Ahead of Kenya, Liberia 2017 Elections

Monday, September 19, 2016

By: Jonas Claes; Scofield Muliru

With elections coming up next year in Liberia and Kenya, the time for early and sustained efforts to prevent clashes is now. Forthcoming USIP research shows that domestic institutions hold the key: election commissions, the police and, above all, political leaders. Any international support to those institutions and leaders must now move from plans to action in order to achieve any desired impact amid rising tensions.

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Electoral Violence; Global Policy

Liberia’s President Thanks U.S. for Helping Control Ebola Epidemic

Liberia’s President Thanks U.S. for Helping Control Ebola Epidemic

Thursday, February 26, 2015

By: USIP Staff

In August, West Africa’s outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus exploded into Liberia’s capital, filling its hospitals beyond capacity and killing many of the city’s already-too-few doctors and nurses. With her government struggling and Liberians dying in Monrovia’s streets, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf placed urgent calls to both Democratic and Republican members of Congress, “who I awakened at night,” she recalled today.  

Conflict Analysis & Prevention

USIP Hosts International Gathering on Water Security and Conflict Prevention

USIP Hosts International Gathering on Water Security and Conflict Prevention

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

By: USIP Staff

Assuring access to water of adequate quantity and quality in the face of increasing challenges poses a growing risk of future conflicts. But in preventing any outbreak of conflict, better water management can play a vital role in building peace and cooperation, a variety of officials and specialists said at the Water Security and Conflict Prevention Summit held at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) on September 10.  

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Economics & Environment

Promoting Peace in Petroleum-Rich Regions

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

By: Raymond Gilpin

Raymond Gilpin, USIP's Center for Sustainable Economies director, discusses how a USIP project to analyze the vulnerability of energy infrastructure in fragile, resource-rich countries could inform policy-making and strengthen efforts to secure peace.

Economics & Environment