Mapping Resiliency: Tracking Hezbollah’s Development Aid

Hezbollah—a terrorist organization—provides development aid throughout Lebanon. This aid engenders loyalty to Hezbollah, creating an expansive support network among recipients. However, the spatial distribution of Hezbollah’s investments is relatively unknown. Geolocating Hezbollah’s most significant aid investments—public construction projects—is key to supporting vulnerable populations in Lebanon and understanding how non-state actors with political aspirations employ development […]

Update #2

As the project progressed, my central thesis coalesced into the concept of a concessions dilemma. My paper will introduce the concept of a concessions dilemma through an analysis of Liberian concessions-based development and demonstrate how effective government oversight and responsible corporate governance, paradoxically, has the potential to fundamentally undermine the integrity and legitimacy of a weak state.  A […]

Chinese Development in Africa: Final Post

So, this is the end, but not really, since I plan to continue throughout this semester. However, I’ll go ahead and wrap this up with some reflections and what I learned. I am happy to say that this research has taught me a lot about Stata, ArcGIS, and troubleshooting data organization issues. Therefore, future projects […]