To help answer these and related questions, the Kroc Institute has established the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM), a unique source of comparable data on peace agreements. PAM allows scholars and practitioners to compare 51 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 database, in both qualitative and quantitative form, is now freely available on the PAM website. Current research efforts are investigating the partial peace accords which lead to a comprehensive peace agreement in order to determine how a peace process succeeds. In a related effort, researchers are also 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.
The Barometer program is the latest development by the PAM team to provide continuous whole-of-agreement implementation monitoring capacity that is complementary to official monitoring mechanisms. With funding from Humanity United, the PAM team is launching the Colombia Barometer Project to help establish a firm foundation for national reconciliation and sustainable peace in Colombia, while serving as a model for real-time monitoring of peace accords in other countries.
Faculty and staff working in this area include:
David Cortright, PAM Manager, Director of Policy Studies
Madhav Joshi, PAM associate director, research assistant professor
Jason Quinn, PAM research assistant professor
Francisco Diez, PAM Regional Ambassador to Latin America
Laurel Stone, PAM Project Coordinator, Program Manager of Policy Studies
Elise Ditta, PAM Research Technician
John Paul Lederach, PAM Strategic Advisor, professor of international peacebuilding