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A strategy to help Ukraine win the war

04 November 2022
Russia’s fierce military campaign in Ukraine continues, but Ukraine stands their ground as the military tide is turning in their favour. But what besides the military support is needed for Ukraine to win the war?

The bleak economic future of Russia

01 November 2022
Is the Russian economy “surprisingly resilient” to sanctions and actions of the West? The short answer is no. In this policy brief, Maria Perrotta Berlin and Jesper Roine, researchers from Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE), discusses the bleak economic future of Russia.

Why has the issue of media literacy received growing attention in recent years?

31 October 2022
Over the last decades, there has been an ongoing shift in the way people access news. In this interview, Jonathan Lehne (researcher at SITE) discusses the importance of media literacy and how the rise of social media has spread the responsibilities for the production, dissemination, and fact-checking of news much more broadly.

Opening of the House of Governance and Public Policy

14 October 2022
The Center for Statecraft and Strategic Communication is proud to announce its participation in the House of Governance and Public Policy at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Newsletter from the Center for Statecraft and Strategic Communication

06 October 2022
The Center for Statecraft and Strategic Communication recently opened at the Stockholm School of Economics. Read more about our research, events, and career opportunities in the first quarterly newsletter.

Sanctions enforcement and money laundering

03 October 2022
With sanctions becoming an increasingly important tool in ostracising autocratic regimes from western markets, the need for effective enforcement of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies is increasing. The global AML regime will be the backbone in detecting evasion of sanctions. This regime has, however, been widely criticised as ineffective. In this brief, Giancarlo Spagnolo and Theo Nyreröd discusses issues with the current AML regime and propose a reward scheme for whistleblowers to enable asset seizures. A powerful feature of their proposal is that it does not rely on the effectiveness of the AML regime.

Higher education and research in times of war and peace: Key insights from the 2022 FREE Network conference

26 September 2022
Russia’s war on Ukraine entails lost human capital, both in actual lives lost and due to major disruptions to key functions of the society, such as education and research. In light of this, the FREE Network, together with the Centre for Economic Analysis (CenEA) and the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE), hosted the public conference “Higher Education and Research in War and Peace“ in Warsaw on the 10th of September 2022. This policy brief is based on the presentations and panel discussions held during the conference.

Foreign aid to Ukraine: Lessons from the literature on strategic foreign aid

19 September 2022
Ukraine is currently receiving substantial inflows of foreign aid from western donors to help the country withstand the Russian aggression. The foreign aid flows partly reflect altruistic motives from the donor side, but also donor’s domestic strategic foreign policy objectives as the war is seen as part of a battle over the future world order. In this brief, Anders Olofsgård, discuss the academic literature that has analysed the existence and consequences of strategic motivations behind aid flows more generally, and draw some preliminary insights for the case of Ukraine.

Gender-based violence in conflict

30 May 2022
The eruption of war exposes women to increased gender-based violence, in the immediate conflict area as well as in the countries where they seek refuge. Acknowledging the specific conflict-related risks that women face is important, in order to target interventions, especially considering that the actors that sit at peace negotiation tables are predominantly or exclusively men.

How can we know if mission-driven innovation really makes a difference?

30 May 2022
A new report from the Stockholm School of Economics draws on recent literature to develop a framework for evaluating mission-driven innovation environments and the work principles that guide their development.