Governance Publications

Chapter 19 Update: Governance, Transparency and Sustainable Development

Jan 28, 2016
This is an update to Chapter 19 of the book "Energy and Security: Strategies for a World in Transition."

Confronting Drugs, Crime, and Warfare in Africa

Dec 16, 2015
Insurgents, corruption, and weak governance have made Africa a hub for clandestine narcotics shipments to Europe. Drug profits have helped fuel the continent’s wars, including the bloodshed caused by al-Qaeda–linked militants. Better governance is the key to stopping this vicious trade, but several new direct actions by the United States can also help.

Managing Intellectual Property Rights in Citizen Science: A Guide for Researchers and Citizen Scientists

Dec 07, 2015
A comprehensive guide to navigating intellectual property rights in the growing field of public participation in scientific research.

Across the Lines of Conflict: Facilitating Cooperation to Build Peace

Dec 04, 2015
Across the Lines of Conflict presents peacebuilding initiatives that use interactive conflict resolution techniques. Through a comparative analysis of six case studies, the authors assess the successes and failures of this particular approach to conflict resolution, and draw conclusions about the conditions under which such interactive approaches work.

Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine

Nov 11, 2015
Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine presents four perspectives on the origins of the ongoing war in Ukraine that began in February 2014, concentrating on Russian motivations and intentions.

Science Hack Day: Bridging the Hacking Community and Government

Oct 13, 2015
On May 16th & 17th the Commons Lab hosted Washington D.C.'s first-ever Science Hack Day, co-sponsored with ArtsEdge from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This report summarizes the event and highlights hacks produced while providing future directions for bridging the hacking community and government initiatives.

Mexico: The Fight Against Corruption

Sep 21, 2015
In this paper, Mauricio Merino discusses Mexico's fight against corruption and reviews the ongoing reforms to promote transparency and curtail corruption. This paper is available in both English and Spanish.

Citizen Science & The Law: A Web-Enabled Policy Tool

Sep 14, 2015
This web-enabled interactive policy tool guides agency project managers through the legal and regulatory issues that federal agencies encounter when they engage in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities.

Making Africa Less Corrupt

Sep 11, 2015
Although Botswana ranked 31st of 174 countries on the latest version of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), and Cape Verde (42th), Seychelles (43rd), Mauritius (47th), and Lesotho, Namibia, and Rwanda (all 55th) followed with comparatively high scores, 22 African countries are among the 50 lowest performing in the world on both the CPI and the comparable World Bank Control of Corruption (WBCC) indicator. Rwanda and Liberia (94th on the CPI) are among countries that have dramatically reduced corruption, and their examples demonstrate how committed leadership can reduce corrupt practices and enhance prosperity, economic growth, and positive priorities.

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