At Caerus, we believe the best way to understand complex environments is to ask the people who live in them. Over the past four months, our local researchers have interviewed Aleppans about security, humanitarian conditions, and governance in Syria’s largest city. The result is a hyperlocal report of how both regime and opposition forces wield power in the city and how that affects the daily lives of citizens.
Caerus Associates partnered with the Center for Complex Operations at the National Defense University to co-edit a PRISM journal supplemental dedicated to Syria. The forthcoming supplemental includes essays by regional scholars, former diplomats, and conflict experts. Read the first article, by Dave Kilcullen and Nate Rosenblatt, on our Ideas page and stay tuned for the rest of the volume.
At Caerus, we are exploring new ways of imagining the city—how it metabolizes and functions, and the ways stakeholders can work together to improve and sustain its health and vibrancy. We seek to make cities, and the communities within, more resilient. Caerus is using its new open-source mapping and data collection tool, CaerusGEO, to test how urban design can lessen crime and violence.
After a trip to San Pedro Sula, Caerus Principal Stacia George analyzes the complex reasons for the city’s high levels of violence. Looking beyond assumptions that the violence is linked to narcotrafficking allows George to consider additional factors contributing to the violence, such as the destabilizing effect of an influx of deported gang members from the United States.