JESSE DRISCOLL, University of California, San Diego.
Presented by the Fragile States Research Network at CIPS.
Free. In English. Registration is not required.
Jesse Driscoll is the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant which conducted the first representative survey of Mogadishu’s population in 25 years. The presentation will address how the investigation overcame challenges related to lack of data and insecurity through the use of remote sensing, systematic development of local contacts, flexible deployment of staff, and mobile technology. The data collected speak to the value of conducting representative surveys in challenging environments.
Driscoll is Assistant Professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. His primary area of interest is mapping the processes by which hierarchies emerge after periods of violence. His work has focused especially on theories that account for both variation in patterns of violence against civilians and variation in settlement strategies by armed groups. His forthcoming book, Exiting Anarchy: Militia Politics after the Post-Soviet Wars, examines mechanisms of civil war settlement after state failure. He is currently managing a number of research projects in Georgia and Tajikistan, mapping social networks, party formation, voter intimidation, and the range of technologies used by semi-authoritarian regimes to stay in power.