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Oil and Urban Life in Kuwait

April 20, 2016

AbstractIn this talk Farah Al-Nakib will discuss her recently released book Kuwait Transformed: A History of Oil and Urban Life (Stanford University Press, 2016), in which she traces the...

Petroleum to the People: Africa's Coming Resource Curse and How to Avoid It

September 26, 2013

Abstract: In the coming decade new oil discoveries in Africa will leave fragile democracies vulnerable to corruption, patronage and rent seeking behavior.

Can Cash Transfers Save Countries from Resource Windfalls?

May 7, 2013

Abstract: The discovery of oil or gas in a poor country is potentially beneficial and, simultaneously, potentially calamitous.

Ethnicity and Political Responsiveness in China

February 7, 2013

Speaker Bio: Greg Distelhorst is a Ph.D.

Democratic Transition and Development in the Arab World

April 26, 2012

The third ARD annual conference examineي the challenges, key issues, and ways forward for social and economic development in the Arab world during this period of democratic transition.  Day One -...

Making the Resource Curse Disappear: A re-examination of Haber and Menaldo’s “Do Natural Resources Fuel Authoritarianism"

January 26, 2012

Abstract:   Haber and Menaldo (2011) claim there is little evidence that oil is harmful to democracy, and that previous studies to the contrary were corrupted by omitted variable bias.

Ten Years of Failed Transition to Democracy in Mexico: The Struggle between Modernity and Feudalism in Society

March 31, 2011

Antonio Purón was a senior partner of McKinsey & Company in the Mexico Office until January 2008.  His 27 year practice concentrated on serving clients in the energy, chemicals and...

Does Ethnic Voting Constrain Development in Africa?

February 10, 2011

Liz Carlson is a 2010-2011 pre-doctoral fellow at CDDRL and a PhD candidate in the department of Political Science at UCLA (to be completed in 2011).

The BP Oil Spill: Environmental Justice Implications

October 18, 2010

Join us for a discussion on human rights and environmental justice implications surrounding the BP oil spill from regulatory, litigation and conceptual perspectives.

Ghana oil

May 4, 2010

Mohammed Amin Adam is an energy economist by profession and currently serves as the National Oil Coordinator of Publish What You Pay - Ghana, a civil society coalition focused on promoting the...

Undemocratic Outcomes of Uganda's Return to Multi-partyism

April 1, 2010

In 2005, a national referendum returned Uganda to multi-party competition, lifting a ban on the activities of political parties that had been in place since the National Resistance Movement took...

Clean Trade vs. the Resource Curse

November 6, 2009

Profile Leif Wenar is Chair of Ethics at King's College London.

Poorly Governed Resource-Dependent States: Policy Options for the New Administration

March 13, 2009

Many resource dependent states have to varying degrees, failed to provide for the welfare of their own populations, could threaten global energy markets, and could pose security risks for the...

Netroots Rising: How a Citizen Army of Bloggers and Online Activists Is Changing American Politics

February 17, 2009

Lowell Feld is founder and editor of Raising Kaine, the largest progressive blog in Virginia.

Innovations in Energy Efficiency: California, Taiwan and Mainland China

February 17, 2009

There is a potential for large gains in the efficiency of energy use with substantial economic payoffs: in buildings, motor vehicles, traffic control, electricity grids, industry.

Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of oil in the Niger Delta

November 12, 2008

Michael Watts, PhD, is a Professor of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley.

America and the World: Presidential Candidate Advisors Speak on International Security

October 15, 2008

Advisors give insight into the candidates' international security plans

Oil, Islam, and Women?

February 19, 2008

Michael Ross received his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 1996.

The Oil and The Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and fortune on the Caspian Sea

November 6, 2007

Steve LeVine spent 11 years as a foreign correspondent in Central Asia and the Caucasus during a pivotal time in the region's history immediately following the Soviet collapse.

The Elusiveness of the Resource Curse: Oil Dependent by Vice or Virtue?

May 17, 2006

Christine Scheiber is the Microsoft Research Scholar on Corruption on the Rule of Law at the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL).

Civil Liberty in Post-Communist Countries: Developments and Causes

May 10, 2006

The working title of his PHD project is Democracy besides Elections: An Exploration into the Development and Causes of Respect for Civil Liberties in Latin American and Post-Communist Countries....

The Political Economy of Caspian Oil

October 27, 2004

Steve LeVine, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and SIIS Visiting Fellow 2004-2005, will speak on the topic of his new book project.