The 2017-18 academic year was a year of remarkable change and growth for the Kroc Institute. Although I have been a faculty member within the Institute since 2005, in my new role as the Institute’s Director, I had a first-hand view this year of all the many ways that our faculty, staff, students, and alumni are contributing to education, research, policies, and practices that are advancing strategic peacebuilding around the world.
This year’s highlights included a comprehensive report on the status of the Colombian peace accord implementation process released by Kroc’s Peace Accords Matrix team, celebrating strong academic placements for our peace studies Ph.D. graduates, welcoming the first cohort of Kroc Scholars to the new Keough School Master of Global Affairs program, and intensive educational experiences in Nepal and Qatar hosted by the Madrasa Discourses initiative.
And, most importantly, this year saw the launch of a new five-year strategic plan that will guide the Institute’s work for the next five years.
I invite you to take some time to page through our annual report to get a broader sense of the Institute’s ongoing work and our deep commitment to addressing some of the most urgent problems we face as global citizens in our contemporary world.