South Sudan’s peace process faces a February deadline. Could last summer’s flooding actually help?

Matthew Hauenstein, postdoctoral research associate, Peace Accords Matrix, and Madhav Joshiassociate research professor, Peace Accords Matrix, considered the impact last summer’s flooding could have on South Sudan’s peace process in a Washington Post op-ed.

“Researchers point out that natural disasters can jump-start stalled negotiations. Here’s how: A disaster can drive both sides in a conflict to cooperate to relieve human suffering.”

Originally published at on February 14, 2020.

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In strategic Djibouti, a microcosm of China’s growing foothold in Africa

Joshua Eisenman, associate professor of global affairs, spoke on Chinese economic policy in Africa in a Washington Post article about China’s growing involvement in the African continent.

“Trade, investment, politics, military are all closely linked in China’s foreign policy — that’s the way it is under the Communist Party.”

Originally published at on December 30, 2019.

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Hong Kong’s District Council Elections Take Place on Nov. 24. Or Not.

Maggie Shum, research associate for the Master of Global Affairs program, wrote a Washington Post op-ed highlighting the importance of the upcoming District Council elections in Hong Kong.

“But winning a District Council seat can be a way to have an influence in higher-level politics — the Legislative Council (LegCo) election and the Electoral Committee for the Chief Executive.”

Originally published at on November 14, 2019.

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