Governance refers to all of the processes of governing, whether undertaken by a government, market or network, whether over a family, tribe, formal or informal organization or territory and whether through the laws, norms, power or language of an organized society. Security refers to precautions taken to guard against crime, attack, sabotage, espionage, and other active or potential threats to human well-being conducted by state or society authorities.

Governance and Security

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Measuring Peace: Comparability, Commensurability, and Complementarity Using Bottom-Up Indicators
Pamina Firchow, Roger Mac Ginty
This article examines the possibilities of interaction and collaboration between top-down and bottom-up indicators of peace. It is based on the Everyday Peace Indicators project an experimental…
Iraqi Kurdistan Was Never Ready for Statehood
Denise Natali
The war against the Islamic State concealed the Kurds' political and economic weaknesses. The loss of Kirkuk has made them impossible to ignore.

Iraqi Kurdistan’s referendum on…
Mitigating Radicalism in Northern Nigeria
Michael Olufemi Sodipo
Ongoing attacks by Boko Haram and other violent Islamist groups coupled with an at times arbitrary response by Nigeria’s security forces have contributed to a deteriorating security situation in the…
Enemy Number One: How the Taleban deal with the ALP and uprising groups
Borhan Osman and Kate Clark
It is one of the few ‘truths’ of the Afghan insurgency that the Taleban hate arbaki– their term for locally-recruited defence forces, primarily the Afghan Local Police and uprising groups.These…
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Needed — Policy to Counter Extremism
Farooq Yousaf
Counter-terror and military operations have remained a major part of Pakistan’s security policy since 2004. Yet, even with such a heavy-handed focus on security, Pakistan still lacks a comprehensive…
Partner Publication
Conflict and Countering Violent Extremism: Implications
Andrew Glazzard, Sasha Jesperson, Emily Winterbotham
This paper summarises the implications drawn from the project ‘Conflict and Countering Violent Extremism’, conducted by RUSI for the Department for International Development in 2015. The project…

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Bethany L. McGann
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RESOLVE Network Research Associate and Project Manager
Megan E. Loney
Candace Rondeaux
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Ann Wainscott
Scholar of Morocco, Iraq, and Religion and Politics
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