HIV and armed conflict

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – New research shows that HIV incidence in sub-Saharan African countries generally spikes during the five years leading up to armed conflict. In "Study: HIV Spreads More Quickly As Armed Conflict Looms," PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Epidemiology Mark Lurie, a senior author for the study, said the "research points to a need to better understand the factors behind conflict because it has been identified that HIV incidence is likely to increase leading up to it." Read more.

(Distributed December 7, 2015)

Informing African voters through debates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Identity politics worsen ethnic tensions that can lead to violence, but helping voters get information about candidates can have a ripple effect, reports the New York Times in "Smart African Politics: Candidates Debating Under a Tree." Katherine Casey, a PSTC training program alumna and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Political Economy, says that "voters are willing to vote across ethnic lines when one candidate is sufficiently superior — but only when they have enough information." 

(Distributed December 3, 2015)

Slowing Brazilian deforestation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – New research by PSTC Affiliates Peter Richards and Leah VanWey could assist Brazilian policymakers in targeting their efforts to reduce deforestation in the Mato Grasso region. Richards, a former PSTC postdoctoral fellow and an economic advisor for the Bureau of Food Security at USAID, and VanWey, an associate professor of Sociology, analyzed property size, type, and use in the region. Read more.

(Distributed December 2, 2015)
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