The Human Security Initiative examines a range of factors that influence or threaten the physical, social and economic well-being of humans.  These factors include natural resource and agricultural availability, climate change, political violence and political protest, human rights and migration, political repression and others.

Recent Publications

Conrad, Justin, Liana Eustacia Reyes and Megan A. Stewart. 2022. “Revisiting Opportunism in Civil Conflict: Natural Resource Extraction and Health Care Provision.” Journal of Conflict Resolution.

Murdie, Amanda and Jeong-Woo Koo.  2022. “Do NGO Restrictions Limit Terrorism? Smear Campaigns or Counterterrorism Tools.” Journal of Global Security Studies.

Auer, Matthew and Ben Hexamer. “Income and Insurability as Factors in Wildfire Risk.” Forests.

Murdie, Amanda and Alejandro Anaya-Munoz.  2022.  “The Will and the Way: How State Capacity and Willingness Jointly Affect Human Rights Improvement.” Human Rights Review.

Auer, Matthew. 2021. “Considering Equity in Wildfire Protection.” Sustainability Science.

Turnbull, Megan. 2021. “When Armed Groups Refuse to Carry Out Election Violence.” World Development.

Conrad, Justin and William Spaniel. 2021. Militant Competition: How Terrorists and Insurgents Advertise with Violence and How They Can Be Stopped (Cambridge University Press).

Han, Rongbin and Li Shao. 2021. “Scaling Authoritarian Information Control: How China Adjusts the Level of Online Censorship” Political Research Quarterly.

Munisamy, Gopi and Dikshit Poudel. 2021. “Exploring the Disparity in Global Food Security Indicators,” Global Food Security.

Conrad, Justin, Kevin Greene, Brian Phillips and Samantha Daly.  2021. “Competition from Within: Ethnicity, Power and Militant Group Rivalry.” Defence and Peace Economics.

Turnbull, Megan. 2020. “Elite Competition, Social Movements, and Election Violence in Nigeria.” International Security.

Kiyani, Ghashia and Amanda Murdie. 2020. “Unintended Restrictions: Women’s Rights INGOs and Women’s Civil Society Restrictions,” Human Rights Review 21: 349–372.

Whitaker, Beth Elise, James Igoe Walsh, and Justin Conrad. 2019. “Natural Resource Exploitation and Sexual Violence by Rebel Groups.” Journal of Politics 81(2): 702-706.