To help answer these and related questions, the Kroc Institute has developed the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM), a unique source of comparable data on peace agreements. PAM allows scholars and practitioners to compare more than 50 different themes in all the comprehensive peace agreements signed since 1989. This interactive database was developed with support from the United States Institute of Peace and the National Science Foundation.
The Kroc Institute also has received funding from the National Science Foundation for research on the role of third parties in peace processes, especially in the post-conflict period. In a related effort, researchers are working to define the concept of "quality peace" — one that goes beyond the end of violence to include durable peace as the outcome of successful peace processes.
Faculty working in this area include:
Patrick Regan, PAM director, professor of political science and peace studies
Madhav Joshi, PAM associate director, research assistant professor
Gary Goertz, professor of political science and peace studies
Erik Melander, senior research fellow
Jason Quinn, postdoctoral research associate
Peter Wallensteen, Starmann Research Professor of Peace Studies