Using Data to Build Lasting Peace

Author: Kristi Flaherty

Peace Policy May 2012Photo: Sant'Egidio/Mozambique

Peacebuilders often point to the importance of reaching sustainable peace accords. But few have attempted to examine the world's many comprehensive peace accords, and their myriad provisions, to see what works and what doesn’t. The Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) gives scholars and practitioners access to a rich source of comparative information about peace agreements and serves as a tool for mediators working to reactivate stalled peace processes.

Posts in the May 2012 issue of Peace Policy:

Peter Wallensteen explains the value of data collection and analysis for shaping policy and building lasting peace. Read »

Madhav Joshi and John Darby offer an insider’s tour of the Peace Accords Matrix, a database of comprehensive peace accords. Read »

Kristen Wall and David Cortright explain how conflict data sets enable peace scholars to identify key practices that make a difference in peacebuilding. Read »

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