Research Portfolio Post #1: Research Interests

I am interested in examining the role social norms/identities play in shaping actor behavior, particularly in the context of global commons. I am intrigued by the question of whether the competitive (and ultimately destructive) self-gain patterns theorized in the Tragedy of the Commons need be considered inevitable or whether different conceptions of culture, self, norms, […]

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Research Portfolio Post #1: Research Interests

The Internet of Things is the popularized theory that as technology progresses, the internet will become even more pervasive as a form of communication between, quite frankly, everything. This theory is already becoming actualized with the introduction of smart home technology, which connects every aspect of a person’s domestic life, and the utilization of cloud […]

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Who You Gonna Call?

Who You Gonna Call:  In a Post-Conflict State, Should One Look to Local or International Communities for Solutions to the Obstacle of Reconstruction?   Introduction: Conflicts within countries have arisen frequently and persistently throughout the history of organized statehood.  The birth of state communities was soon followed by the birth of an international community, which […]

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Civil War in Sierra Leone

Established in 1787, Sierra Leone began as a colony under British rule, located northwest of Liberia and south of the country of Guinea (“Profile”).  After gaining its independence in 1961, the newly-formed republic struggled to maintain economic stability as a series of coups and governmental changes disrupted the shaky power of first president Milton Margai, […]

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FYI: New Clingendael Report on Peacebuilding and Other Possible Resources

Hello, All. One of the PD Links along the left side of the blog home page is to Clingendael, the Netherlands Institute of International Relations.  This link — http://www.clingendael.nl/publication/internal-and-external-dilemmas-peacebuilding-africa — is to a new report that some may find of interest, and here’s a more general link: http://www.clingendael.nl/page/news -Debbie Trent

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