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E2A 2022: Confronting Conflict and Displacement in a Changed World

Institutions & Governance Conference   |   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,” will showcase 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’ll explore 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 are delighted to announce that Nancy Lindborg, President and Chief Executive Officer of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, will 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.

We’ll also hear from the following researchers:

  • Lauren Young (UC Davis) and Elayne Stecher (UCLA), The Ethics of Studying Conflict and Displacement
  • Edward Miguel (CEGA, UC Berkeley), New Evidence on the Economics of Climate and Conflict
  • Claire Adida (UCSD), Strategies for Reducing Misinformation Uptake in a Polarized Context: Experimental Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire
  • Graeme Blair (UCLA), Community Policing Does Not Build Citizen Trust in Police or Reduce Crime in the Global South
  • Adam Lichtenheld (Stanford), Understanding Social Acceptance of Returnees in Post-ISIS Iraq
  • Michael Weintraub (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia), Preventing Rebel Resurgence after Civil War: A Field Experiment in Security and Justice Provision in Rural Colombia
  • Ana Maria Ibáñez (Inter-American Development Bank), Give Me Your Tired and Your Poor: Impact of a Large-Scale Amnesty Program for Undocumented Refugees
With lightning talks by:
  • Laura Barasa (University of Nairobi)
  • Solomon Walelign (International Centre for Evaluation and Development)
  • Abdulrazzak Tamim (UC Berkeley)
  • Natalia Garbiras-Díaz (European University Institute)
And a panel of decision-makers:
  • Mike Jobbins (Search for Common Ground)
  • Ana Maria Ibáñez (Inter-American Development Bank)
  • Sarah Smith (Conrad N. Hilton Foundation)
A full agenda with paper titles will be announced soon. We hope you’ll join us, and spread the word! This event is exclusively in-person. CEGA regrets that it is unable to accommodate virtual participation or attendance.
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Oct 13 2022
12:30 - 05:30 PST

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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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