Latest Publications from The Fund for Peace


Fragile States Index 2016: Europe’s Refugee Crisis Underscores Global Interconnectedness
Published June 27, 2016
By J.J. Messner
The countries of Europe – particularly those situated on a trajectory between Turkey and Germany and Scandinavia – have found themselves overwhelmed by the influx, and have responded to these pressures with attempts to close previously open borders..
Underlying Concerns Create a Worrying Outlook Beyond Brexit
Published June 24, 2016
By J.J. Messner
As the dust settles on the historic Brexit vote and its effects, it is easy to focus on the near term, visible side effects. Even in the unlikely event that Britain manages to negotiate an association deal that is as good as being in the European Union, it will now no longer have a voice in that Union.
Confronting the Unthinkable: Suicide Bombers in Northern Nigeria
Published February 29, 2015
By Patricia Taft and Kendall Lawrence
In the early morning hours of February 9, 2016, in a sprawling camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno State, three young girls thought to be looking for shelter, were welcomed inside. What the guards who admitted them didn’t know, however, was that each was wearing an improvised explosive device strapped to her body.


How Renewable Energy Can Learn from the Carbon-Based Energy Sector
Published June 10, 2015
By J.J. Messner & Hannah Blyth
As pressure builds for the world economy to expedite a shift away from coal, oil, and natural gas in order to avert the effects of climate change, attention will turn to cleaner energy, such as wind, solar, and hydro power. This should be applauded. But we should not kid ourselves that clean energy will be completely free of challenges.
Conflict Briefing: Warri South West, Delta State
Published May 6, 2015
By Hannah Blyth
Compounded by intra-communal tensions, a legacy of inter-communal violence, competing political interests, and underlying socio-economic conflict drivers, the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) project in the vicinity of Ugborodo Community, Warri South West, Delta State has been fraught with delays and controversy.
Voices of Peace from the Niger Delta
Published April 21, 2014
By Laura Brisard
From the outside, conflict dynamics can be bewildering in their complexity, particularly in a country as vast as Nigeria with telescoping fault-lines and polarities. Conflict in Nigeria has included an insurgency in the Niger Delta which deescalated in 2009 as a result of an amnesty program for militants, periodic outbreaks of killing in the Middle Belt, and rising levels of violence in the Northeast.