Environment

Environment

FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

Recent Publications

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Water, Water Everywhere? Devolution and the Water Sector in Kenya's Counties

October 2019

As of 2009, at the time of Kenya’s last census, roughly half the population lacked access to clean water.

Comparing America: Reflections on Democracy across Subfields

September 2019

Is America in a period of democratic decline?

Small Battle in a Big War: The Post-Maidan Transformation of the National Bank of Ukraine

July 2019

At the end of 2014, Ukraine faces a series of challenges: constant friction between supporters of Russia and supporters of the West brought about by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, negative growth...

IMMIGRATION AND POPULISM IN CANADA, AUSTRALIA, AND THE UNITED STATES

July 2019

In the second decade of the 21st century, the world experienced the rise of a global populist movement built around ethnic nationalism and hostility to foreigners and immigration.

HOW THE BELT AND ROAD GAINED STEAM: CAUSES AND IMPLICATIONS OF CHINA’S RISE IN GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE

May 2019

Western observers have raised concerns over the rise and now predominance of Chinese state-backed bilateral lending in international infrastructure development.

Evaluating Social Programs: The Case of World Health Partners-Sky

May 2019

This case looks at the challenges of managing and evaluating  new models of healthcare delivery in international development.

Is it Possible to Say No to China? The Case of the Kirchner-Cepernic Dams in Argentine Patagonia

April 2019

This case analyzes Argentinian President Macri’s decision to continue or suspend the construction of two mega dams financed by Chinese banks in the Santa Cruz River.

Luxury or Priority? Ethiopia Wants a Light Rail

February 2019

The Ethiopian government is planning on constructing the country’s first light rail in its capital city Addis Ababa.

Bridging Regions, Strengthening Ties: The East Coast Rail Line (ECRL) in Malaysia

February 2019

Malaysia is a Southeast Asian nation strategically located along major regional trade routes.

State of Repression Iraq under Saddam Hussein

January 2019

A new account of modern Iraqi politics that overturns the conventional wisdom about its sectarian divisionsHow did Iraq become one of the most repressive dictatorships of the late twentieth century...

Choosing the Japanese Way: Thilawa Special Economic Zone in Myanmar

January 2019

From 1962 onward, Myanmar was a military dictatorship.

The European Silk Road: Montenegro's Decision to Build a New Highway

December 2018

In this case, Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanović must decide whether to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese Pacific Construction Group to build a highway between his country...

CHOLERA IN YEMEN: A CASE STUDY OF EPIDEMIC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE

December 2018

The cholera response in Yemen was and remains extremely complicated and challenging for a variety of political, security, cultural, and environmental reasons.

Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance

December 2018

For three and a half decades following the end of the Maoist era, China adhered to Deng Xiaoping’s policies of “reform and opening to the outside world” and “peaceful development.” After Deng...

Electrifying Power Africa: Balancing National Principles and International Pressures

November 2018

In 2013, President Barack Obama announced Power Africa, the U.S.’s initiative to bring energy infrastructure to Sub-Saharan Africa.

Governance Innovation for a Connected World: Protecting Free Expression, Diversity and Civic Engagement in the Global Digital Ecosystem

November 2018

The emergence of a global digital ecosystem has been a boon for global communication and the democratization of the means of distributing information.

Weighing the Environment: Ghana's Bui Dam

September 2018

This case examines the environmental permitting process leading up to the construction of the Bui Dam, the second largest hydropower facility in Ghana.

Funding Coca Codo Sinclair: Correa's Bet on Sustainable Power in Ecuador

September 2018

This case is about Ecuador's decision to finance the country's largest hydropower plant: Coca Codo Sinclair.

Strengthening Electricity Distribution in Uganda: The Role of Private Equity

September 2018

This case describes the preparations and decisions made by Actis, a leading global emerging markets private equity firm, in the lead-up to its partial divestment via an initial public offering (...

Clientelism, Capitalism, and Democracy

August 2018

Political parties in the United States and Britain used clientelism and patronage to govern throughout the nineteenth century.

Identity: The Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment

August 2018

In 2014, Francis Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay, as the state was progressively captured by powerful interest groups.

Banking on your neighbours: Savings groups and financial intermediation among the poor

May 2018

Informal savings and borrowing institutions are a way to intermediate between savers and borrowers in the developing world.

Thailand's Collective Action Coalition Against Corruption

March 2018

This case focuses on a private sector initiative to fight deep-seated corruption in Thailand.

ProZorro - From a Volunteer Initiative to a Major State Reform

March 2018

This case examines the decision process of a team of volunteers that started a public procurement reform named ProZorro.

People

Erik Jensen Senior Research Scholar, CDDRL Professor of the Practice, Law
Kathryn Stoner Deputy Director, Senior Fellow Senior Fellow
Avner Greif Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Jenny Martinez Senior Fellow, by courtesy Professor, Law
Stephen P. Luby Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine (CHP/PCOR)
Pascaline Dupas Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Economics, Senior Fellow, SIEPR
James D. Fearon Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Stephen D. Krasner Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jeremy M. Weinstein Senior Fellow Professor, Political Science
Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow, Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship
Abbas Milani Adjunct Professor Research Fellow, Hoover Institution
Hesham Sallam Research Scholar, CDDRL Associate Director and Research Associate, Program on Arab Reform and Democracy