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E2A 2022: Confronting Conflict and Displacement in a Changed World

Institutions & Governance Conference   |  past event  |  Oct 13 2022
Syrian Refugees in a camp outside of Athens, Greece

Syrian refugee camp in the outskirts of Athens, Greece. Credit: Julie Ricard on Unsplash

The world sees between 20-50 armed conflicts each year. Today, active conflict persists in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria, Ethiopia, and myriad other countries. The effects of related violence are traumatic for residents and destabilizing for states, and tend to linger long after active conflict subsides. Meanwhile, the number of people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to violence, instability, and other powerful forces–such as climate change–is higher than ever before. Conflict and displacement undermine efforts by governments and NGOs to provide basic services, share information, build trust, and promote sustainable economic growth–particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) which, despite bearing the brunt of these challenges, have limited capacity to respond.

On Thursday, October 13th, CEGA’s annual Evidence to Action (E2A) symposium, “Confronting Conflict and Displacement in a Changed World,” showcased the effectiveness and limitations of policy solutions designed to promote stability, security and resilience in LMICs. Through a series of research presentations and panels of policymakers and practitioners, we explored timely questions such as:

  • How do countries effectively achieve peace, stability, and security after a conflict?
  • Which groups do citizens trust and rely on to preserve public safety and economic security? What role does misinformation play in eroding this trust?
  • How can governments and NGOs effectively deliver essential services to the forcibly displaced?
  • How is climate change driving new types of conflict and displacement, and what can we do about it?
We were delighted to host Nancy Lindborg, President and Chief Executive Officer of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, to deliver the keynote talk. Lindborg has spent most of her career working on issues of transition, democracy and civil society, conflict, and humanitarian response. She has led organizations that address conflict prevention, response, and recovery, including the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), Mercy Corps, and as assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at USAID.


View full recordings of all the sessions here.

12:30 – 12:40 | Opening Remarks

Carson Christiano, Executive Director, CEGA

12:40 – 1:00 | Spotlight: “Asking About Violence: Increasing Transparency and Evidence Around Research Ethics” | Slides
Lauren Young, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC Davis
Elayne Stecher, Research Fellow, UCLA

1:00 – 1:30 | Keynote
Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

1:30 – 2:30 | Session 1: Addressing the Causes and Consequences of Conflict
Edward Miguel, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley; CEGA Faculty Co-Director | “New Evidence on the Economics of Climate and Conflict” | Slides
Tarek Ghani, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Washington University in St. Louis| “Modernizing the State During War: Experimental Evidence from Afghanistan” | Slides
Claire Adida, Professor of Political Science, UCSD | “Strategies for Reducing Misinformation Uptake in a Polarized Context: Experimental Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire” | Slides
Graeme Blair, Associate Professor of Political Science, UCLA | “Community Policing Does Not Build Citizen Trust in Police or Reduce Crime in the Global South (Metaketa project)” | Slides

2:30 – 2:50 | Coffee Break

2:50 – 3:35 | Lightning Talks
Sarah Stillman, Research Manager, CEGA (Moderator)
Laura Barasa, Lecturer in Economics and Development Studies, University of Nairobi | Slides
Solomon Walelign, Director of Research, International Centre for Evaluation and Development | Slides
Abdulrazzak Tamim, PhD student in Economics, UC Berkeley | Slides
Natalia Garbiras-Díaz, Max Weber Fellow, European University Institute | Slides

3:35 – 4:20 | Session 2: Strategies for Recovery and Resilience

Michael Weintraub, Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia | “Preventing Rebel Resurgence after Civil War: A Field Experiment in Security and Justice Provision in Rural Colombia” | Slides
Jane Esberg, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania | “How Exile Shapes Online Opposition: Evidence from Venezuela” | Slides
Adam Lichtenheld, Executive Director, Immigration Policy Lab, Stanford University | “Understanding Social Acceptance of Returnees in Post-ISIS Iraq” | Slides

4:20 – 5:20 | Panel: Putting Evidence Into Practice
Eli Berman, Professor of Economics, UC San Diego; Executive Director, Empirical Studies of Conflict (Moderator)
Mike Jobbins, Vice President of Global Affairs & Partnerships, Search for Common Ground
Sarah Smith, Director of Legacy Initiatives, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Lauren Manning, Senior Behavior Change Advisor, Mercy Corps
David Connolly, Director of Learning, Evaluation and Research, U.S. Institute of Peace

5:20 – 5:30 | Closing Remarks
Aila Matanock, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; CEGA Scientific Director for Conflict; Co-Director, Empirical Studies of Conflict | Slides

5:30 – 7:00 | Reception
Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served

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Get to know the speakers

Nancy Lindborg
President and CEO , The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ana María Ibáñez
Professor , Universidad de los Andes
Adam Lichtenheld
Executive Director , Stanford Immigration Policy Lab
Laura Barasa
Lecturer , University of Nairobi
Edward Miguel
Faculty Co-Director , CEGA, UC Berkeley
Lauren Young
Assistant Professor , UC Davis
Abdulrazzak Tamim
PhD student , UC Berkeley
Elayne Stecher
Research Fellow , UCLA
Graeme Blair
Associate Professor , UCLA
Michael Weintraub
Associate Professor , Universidad de los Andes
Aila Matanock
Associate Professor , UC Berkeley
Solomon Zena Walelign
Director of Research , International Centre for Evaluation and Development (ICED)
Sarah Smith
Director, Legacy Initiatives , Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Eli Berman
Professor , University of California, San Diego
Natalia Garbiras-Díaz
Max Weber Fellow , European University Institute

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