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Case study

Hyperinflation in Venezuela

Authors: Lakshmi Iyer, Francisco Rodríguez

Keough School of Global Affairs, September 2021

Venezuela entered hyperinflation at the end of 2017, preceded by several years of large budget deficits and declining oil revenues. Despite many policy attempts to bring inflation under control, including currency redenomination, introduction of a new cryptocurrency, allowing de facto dollarization, and easing price...

Topics: Business & Economics, Policy

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Cover image: Building a Network for Successful Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Social Network Analysis of the Afghan Peace Process
Policy report

Building a Network for Successful Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Social Network Analysis of the Afghan Peace Process

Authors: Madhav Joshi , Sophia Henn

Peace Accords Matrix, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global Affairs, August 2021

The ongoing Afghan peace process, which officially started with the signing of the Doha Agreement between the United States and the Taliban in February 2020, involves a complex network of actors. This study leverages social network analysis (SNA) to draw insights from original data...

Topics: Peacebuilding

Cover image: Building a Network for Successful Peace Negotiations in Afghanistan: Social Network Analysis of the Afghan Peace Process
Cover image: Where Surgery is Difficult: Overcoming Barriers to Access in Chiapas, Mexico
Case study

Where Surgery is Difficult: Overcoming Barriers to Access in Chiapas, Mexico

Authors: Steve Reifenberg, Luke Maillie

Keough School of Global Affairs, May 2021

In rural Chiapas, Mexico, poor patients often struggle to accesss surgical care and other medical treatment, even though access is guaranteed by law under the Mexican constitution. This case examines an innovative approach developed by Compañeros en Salud to accompany patients from rural communities...

Topics: Health

Cover image: Where Surgery is Difficult: Overcoming Barriers to Access in Chiapas, Mexico
Cover image: The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Act
Policy report

The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Act

Authors: Gerard Powers, Ebrahim Moosa, R. Scott Appleby

Keough School of Global Affairs, September 2020

The bipartisan Global Fragility Act of 2019 mandates strategic coordination across the federal government to strengthen the capacity of the United States to prevent violence and increase stability in areas of the world most vulnerable to conflict. Key agencies must jointly establish a comprehensive...

Topics: Religion

Cover image: The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Act
Cover image: Executive Summary, The Colombian Final Agreement in the Era of COVID-19: Institutional and Citizen Ownership is Key to Implementation
Policy report

Executive Summary, The Colombian Final Agreement in the Era of COVID-19: Institutional and Citizen Ownership is Key to Implementation

Author: Peace Accords Matrix Barometer Initiative

Peace Accords Matrix Barometer Initiative, part of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the Keough School of Global Affairs, May 2021

The Kroc Institute’s fifth comprehensive report, The Colombian Final Agreement in the Era of COVID-19: Institutional and Citizen Ownership is Key to Implementation, discusses the Final Accord’s status of implementation in the period between December 2019 and November 2020, based on the monitoring methodology designed...

Topics: Peacebuilding

Cover image: Executive Summary, The Colombian Final Agreement in the Era of COVID-19: Institutional and Citizen Ownership is Key to Implementation

Latest publications

Policy report

Assessing Implementation of the 2020 US-Taliban Peace Accord

Author: Madhav Joshi

Keough School of Global Affairs, March 2021

Assessing Implementation of the 2020 US-Taliban Peace Accord provides an overview of the current implementation status of the agreement negotiated between the Taliban and the United States signed on February 29, 2020. Using the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM)—a methodology for monitoring and assessing implementation of...

Topics: Governance, Peacebuilding

Policy report

The Presidential Transition Index: Contemporaneous Assessments of the Trump-Biden Transition

Authors: Paul Friesen, Rachel Gagnon, Shadwa Ibrahim, William Kakenmaster, Maggie Shum

Keough School of Global Affairs, January 2021

The Trump-Biden transition was perhaps the most closely watched and politically fraught presidential transition in modern United States history. As the transition concludes, a new report published by the Keough School of Global Affairs provides a timely assessment of the state of the transition...

Topics: Governance

Policy report

A Policy Playbook on Nonproliferation Sanctions

Authors: Alistair Millar, George A. Lopez, David Cortright, Linda Gerber

Keough School of Global Affairs, December 2020

In a new policy report published by the Keough School of Global Affairs, peacebuilding policy experts summarize their recommendations for the incoming administration of President-Elect Joe Biden. From Crisis to Opportunity: A Policy Playbook on Nonproliferation Sanctions traces the negative consequences of Washington’s misuse of sanctions,...

Topics: Peacebuilding, Policy

Working paper

Shoutings, Scoldings, Talkings, and Whispers: Mothers’ Reponses to Armed Actors and Militarization in Two Caracas Barrios

Authors: Verónica Zubillaga, Rebecca Hanson

Kellogg Institute, December 2020

How do mothers deal with chronic violence and the constant presence of guns in their neighborhoods? How do they relate to the armed actors who inhabit their neighborhoods? How do they build situated meaning and discursive practices out of their experiences and relationships with...

Topics: Civil & Human Rights, Gender

Working paper

The Emergence of Democracy in Colombia

Author: Raúl Madrid

Kellogg Institute, December 2020

Although Colombia had many important democratic achievements in the 19th century, this paper argues that democracy first took root there at the outset of the 20th century. Several key developments enabled democratic practices and institutions to take hold. First, the savage Thousand Days War...

Topics: Peacebuilding

Working paper

Social Interventions, Health and Wellbeing: The Long-Term and Intergenerational Effects of a School Construction Program

Authors: Bhashkar Mazumder, Maria Rosales-Rueda, Margaret (Maggie) Triyana

Kellogg Institute, December 2020

We analyze the long-run and intergenerational effects of a large-scale school building project (INPRES) that took place in Indonesia between 1974 and 1979. Specifically, we link the geographic rollout of INPRES to longitudinal data from the Indonesian Family Life Survey covering two generations. We...

Topics: Business & Economics, Education, Health

Policy report

American Democracy at Risk: A Global Comparative Perspective

Authors: Paul Friesen, Ilana Rothkopf, Luis Schenoni, Maggie Shum, Romelia Solano

Keough School of Global Affairs, October 2020

In the run-up to the 2020 US presidential election, Notre Dame researchers asked political elections experts who study both young and mature democracies across the globe to evaluate and suggest actions to mitigate electoral risks in the United States. Researchers summarized their findings and...

Topics: Governance, Policy

Working paper

Unsettlements: The Potential Termination of Temporary Protected Status and The Threat of Displacement Among Salvadorans in The United States

Author: Joseph Wiltberger

Kellogg Institute, October 2020

The 2018 decision by the US government to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadorans, the largest population of TPS holders, would displace nearly 200,000, many of whom have lived in the United States for decades. TPS, a form of humanitarian relief that provides...

Topics: Culture & Society, Migration

Policy report

The Role of Religious Engagement in Implementing the Global Fragility Act

Authors: Gerard Powers, Ebrahim Moosa, R. Scott Appleby

Keough School of Global Affairs, September 2020

The bipartisan Global Fragility Act of 2019 mandates strategic coordination across the federal government to strengthen the capacity of the United States to prevent violence and increase stability in areas of the world most vulnerable to conflict. Key agencies must jointly establish a comprehensive...

Topics: Religion

Policy brief

The Futures of Work in South Bend in 2035: A Participatory Foresight Study

Authors: Alessandro Fergnani, Swapnil Motghare

Pulte Institute, August 2020

The majority of studies on the future of work are predictive in nature, often taking a bird’s-eye view that overlooks the importance of local context. This brief presents six scenarios of the futures of work in South Bend that emphasize stress-point events and phenomena...

Topics: Business & Economics, Culture & Society


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