The Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD)


As part of the {{, Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS)}} project at the {{, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law}} at UT-Austin, Drs. Cullen Hendrix and {{, Idean Salehyan}} direct {{, SCAD}}, a resource for conducting research and analysis on various forms of social and political unrest in Africa. It includes over 7,000 social conflict events across Africa from 1990 to 2010, including riots, strikes, protests, coups, and communal violence. By tracking forms of conflict not covered in traditional datasets on civil and interstate war, SCAD gives policymakers and researchers new tools to analyze conflict patterns. The SCAD team currently uses these data to investigate environmental impacts on conflict in Africa.  Read More »

Fisheries and Conflict


The world's fisheries are the main source of protein for one billion people and provide income for over 43.5 million, of which 95 percent live in developing countries. A collaboration with {{, Dr. Sarah Glaser}}, this project aims to quantify the impacts of civil conflict on fish catch, the feedbacks between aquatic population dynamics, local markets, and food security, and model developing country fisheries as coupled natural human systems.

Food Security, Conflict, and the Global Economy


Food insecurity emerges from the complex interplay of poverty, barriers to access, and local and global markets, but also from specific policies enacted by governments. This project addresses the roles that international markets, conflict, and government policy play in creating food insecurity, as well as roles for the international community and development organizations in combating it.