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Cover image: What’s in Your Cup? Oxfam America Takes on Starbucks
Case study

What’s in Your Cup? Oxfam America Takes on Starbucks

Authors: Nick Galasso, Barbara Durr, Benjamin Topa

Keough School of Global Affairs, March 2022

Some of the world’s best coffee is grown in Ethiopia, where the livelihoods of 1.5 million small farmers depend on selling their superior beans at a fair price. But in the late 1990s and early 2000s, prices in the global coffee market plummeted. To...

Topics: Business & Economics, Policy

Cover image: What’s in Your Cup? Oxfam America Takes on Starbucks
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

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Working paper

Operation Condor, The War on Drugs, and Counterinsurgency in the Golden Triangle (1977-1983)

Author: Adela Cedillo

Kellogg Institute, May 2021

In the late 1960s, the Mexican government launched a series of counternarcotics campaigns characterized by the militarization of drug production zones, particularly in the northwestern region—the so-called Golden Triangle, epicenter of both production and trafficking of marijuana and opium poppy since the 1930s. Operations...

Topics: Peacebuilding, Policy

Policy brief

Maximizing Returns on Data Science Investments: The Evolution of Data-Driven Decision-Making in Development

Authors: Michael Cooper, Paul Perrin

Pulte Institute, May 2021

This policy brief was developed to assist decision-making in the field of international development on when and how to best utilize data science methods. It is meant to assist all levels of decision-making (from the field to the boardroom) as well as development actors...

Topics: Business & Economics

Working paper

Estimating the Effect of Christian Messages on Civic Engagement: Evidence from a Community-Collaborative Study in Zambia

Authors: Elizabeth Sperber, Gwyneth McClendon, O'Brien Kaaba

Kellogg Institute, April 2021

A significant literature suggests that religious conviction can drive political participation, perhaps because religious people internalize a moral obligation to act toward the common good and/or because religious conviction gives people a sense that their actions will make a difference. This paper presents findings...

Topics: Culture & Society, Religion

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


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