The Making Reform Incentives Work for Developing Countries project has successfully completed the 2014 Reform Efforts Survey, a first-of-its-kind survey of development policymakers and practitioners from 121 low- and lower-middle income countries and five semi-autonomous regions.
According to scholars on both sides of the health aid debate, the debate is over. Those who declare that health aid works and those who maintain that health aid fails both claim consensus. Macro-level studies condemn health aid as minimally effective in the aggregate while praise for health aid’s benefits comes form project level analyses. AidData’s sub-nationally geocoded development data enable an important new approach to move the debate forward, one of analyzing aid distribution and impact within a country.
The Teaching, Research & International Policy (TRIP) Project will launch two major initiatives, a survey of international relations faculty and a conference on "Strengthening The Links," aimed at bridging the gap between academics and policy maker.
In June 2014, twenty-one student researchers from seven universities traveled to Nepal, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Senegal, and Mexico to serve as AidData Summer Fellows. This article details four fellows' experiences working with different local organizations- including universities, think tanks, government line ministries, and civil society groups- to equip them to leverage geocoded data to solve development challenges in their own communities, through program planning, advocacy, and research.
Venu Katta ’17, a research assistant with the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) Project, has received the Robert M. and Rebecca W. Gates Scholarship for international study.
Young African Leaders Initiative fellows spent six weeks studying at Presidential Precinct members W&M, University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, James Madison's Montpelier, James Monroe's Ash Lawn-Highland and Morven.
A survey of 950 international relations (IR) scholars at U.S. universities finds that IR scholars oppose sending military assistance to Ukraine.
A team of researchers at the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations at the College of William & Mary has just launched the Reform Efforts Survey to more than 35,000 development practitioners and policymakers across 126 low and lower-middle income countries.
The research fellows identified emerging international security challenges and developed original policy suggestions.
William & Mary’s Project for International Peace and Security (PIPS) will hold its annual symposium at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.
W&M AidData is one of 32 cornerstone partners on science- and technology-based approach to development.
State Department representative tells students they are essential participants in solving the world's many challenges.
With the announcement of new students joining its E-Internship program, William & Mary’s Project for International Peace & Security (PIPS) continues to fulfill its mission of connecting the academic and foreign policy communities.
The foundation has awarded $240,000 for project to study the relationship between theory and practice of international relations.
A survey of more than 900 International Relations (IR) scholars at U.S. universities finds a near consensus on a variety of foreign policy issues.
Data from the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) project at William & Mary, referenced by two French researchers andvpublished in the Revue Francaise de Science Politique, now available in English translation.
Sixty professionals from seven interest groups spent a weekend developing research agendas for the coming year.
William & Mary is one of just two universities piloting a new program for the U.S. State Department that will help policy makers address pressing world issues.
Students from eight university labs, USAID staffers and international development leaders convened Nov. 16-18 to evaluate what they've done and where they're going.
Celebrated international relations scholar Stephen Walt of Harvard University delivered several lectures and participated in a number of smaller group discussions with students and faculty during a recent visit to William & Mary.
AidData, a research and innovation lab that seeks to improve development outcomes by making development finance data more accessible and actionable, released the 3.0 version of its aiddata.org portal today during Global Transparency Week.
On Friday, October 4th, US Army Major Nathan K. Finney joined the PIPS fellows for a brainstorming Session. Major Finney is founder of the Strategy Development Foundation, a member of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum managing team, and member of the Infinity Journal’s Special Advisory Group.
PIPS Student-Interns Excel at Training and Doctrine Command’s Unified Quest: Deep Futures Wargame.
Harvard Professor presents: "Follies and #@!%-Ups: Why US Foreign Policy Keeps Failing." When the Cold War ended, the United States was in a remarkable position of primacy and on good terms with most of the world's major powers. Yet its foreign policy record since then is mostly one of disappointments and sometimes costly failures. These difficulties are partly due to America's structural position in the international system, but they also reflect a number of deeper problems in America's entire foreign policy establishment.
David Trichler, operations director for AidData at the Institute for Theory & Practice of International Relations (ITPIR) at William & Mary, has earned recognition from Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) as one of the "99 Under 33,” an international list naming the most influential foreign policy leaders around the globe under the age of 33.
During her tenure as co-director of the Institute over the past six years, Sue Peterson has seen the program grow from a brainstorm into a world-class research incubator. With the charge to bring academia and policymaking together to address real-world challenges around the world, the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations today places researchers into the farthest corners of the globe, consults with national and international leaders, creates new policy relevant knowledge and cultivates the leaders of tomorrow.
The 2012-13 Annual Report, highlights the accomplishments and promise of the seven scholarly projects housed at the Institute.
W&M Alunmna Allison Biggs visited the Institute recently to talk with students and staff regarding her career path and the choices she has made that have led her to her current role as assistant to the CEO of ONE.
The Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) announces the launch of a new E-internship program for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Benjamin Buch surveys attitudes towards advanced weaponry for Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS) grant project.
During an interview with United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Michael Tierney, director of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, provides commentary on the process of creating an innovative media-based data set on Chinese Aid in developing countries.
Three William and Mary undergraduates are spending the summer as PIPS interns at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
PIPS Intern William Shimer ’13 briefs U.S. Air Force Headquarters Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base.
An entry to an AidData map-off competition becomes a conflict map of bank energy and mining projects in Central Africa.
Mike Tierney, co-director of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations (ITPIR) at the College of William & Mary, joined co-author Chris Marcoux of DePauw University in presenting their paper “Environmental and Climate Finance in a New World” to a group of scholars, aid practitioners, and policymakers in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Teaching, Research and International Policy project [TRIP] of the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations welcomed a group of scholars from around the globe to explore the state of international relations.
Elizabeth Hennemuth ‘13, a former research fellow of the Project on International Peace & Security (PIPS), has earned a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Germany for an English Teaching Assistantship.
Lindsay Hundley, 2010-1011 PIPS Research Fellow, will pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science at Stanford University beginning fall of 2013.
Members of W&M's Student Partnership for International Medical Aid team (SPIMA) and AidData teams spent a weekend in St. Louis with the former President and experts in five global initiatives.
AidData released a database April 29 that tracks China's financial commitment to development in Africa.
Renowned international relations scholar Robert Keohane of Princeton University spent a day engaging students, meeting with faculty and delivering lectures during a visit to William & Mary on April 15.
New grant will support two major initiatives that aim to improve interactions between international relations theorists and practitioners.
Weekly AidData sponsored lunch meetings bring undergraduate researchers together with others who share their interest in international development.
A socially-minded concept created by student Pat Austria hopes to improve disaster management and make a positive change for those living in the Philippines.
The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), AidData's newest official partner, has developed a system for the World Bank that automates the geocoding of all Bank-financed projects and enables more efficient mapping of the projects for monitoring and evaluation.
Researchers with the Reform Incentives Project at the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations have released an independent report investigating the U.S. government's Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC's) impact on reform efforts in developing countries.
The nexus of science and development has immense potential for solving international development's greatest challenges, and William & Mary students have the opportunity to be at the forefront of that movement. This was the appeal by Dr. Alex Dehgan, Science and Technology Adviser to the Administrator at USAID, as he addressed W&M students and faculty on Feb. 11.
William & Mary Chancellor Robert M. Gates '65 L.H.D. '98 was among a small group that received a briefing of four current globally focused research projects at the university.
Michael Tierney '87, co-director of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations, will receive the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award on Charter Day.
Emily Pehrsson '13, former research fellow of the Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS), has published an article in the global affairs magazine, Diplomatic Courier, entitled "Making the Grade: International Regulatory Framework for Cybersecurity".
In the wake of the 2012 general election, when the United States elected new state and local officials of its own, it is now imperative to understand the intricacies of regional governments in China and India. This was the message of William Antholis, managing director of the Brookings Institution, when he addressed a full auditorium of students and faculty at William & Mary on November 30.
SCUSA is the largest, oldest, and most prestigious undergraduate conference of its type in the world.
Research center poised to transform the way foreign assistance is targeted, monitored and evaluated
A team of W&M researchers help Ugandan scientists prepare for a promising but uncertain future.
General Anthony C. Zinni (USMC,Ret.) is the former Commander in Chief and Deputy Commander and Chief of United States Central Command.
Lynch examines the context of the Arab Spring, and the possibilities for the Arab world in the future.
Former Paraguayan Minister of Planning Julia Maciel gave a presentation to the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations on Friday, September 14, 2012.
Institute researcher and principal investigator on the Project on Environment, Food, and Conflict (ENFOCO), Cullen Hendrix and co-author Henk-Jan Brinkman were commissioned to write a paper for discussion at the High Level Expert Forum on Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises in Rome, Italy in September 2012.
Marc Lynch, Antoinette WinklerPrins and Jeffrey Kopstein to speak at W&M.
The project is the only nongovernmental effort in the United States to comprehensively assess the nation’s activities.
The latest Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) report provides interesting reading on the state of international relations as a discipline. In an interview with the ISN, TRIP co-author Michael Tierney discusses the popularity of constructivism within IR studies and the growing discrepancy between IR research and political reality.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense's Strategic Multi-Layer Assessment (SMA) division recently released a white volume on National Security Challenges: Insights from Social, Neurobiological, and Complexity Sciences. The volume includes a chapter by Assistant Professor of Government, Cullen Hendrix, on the use of a human security perspective to measure state fragility. Dr. Hendrix co-directs the Social Conflict in Africa Database (SCAD) with CCAPS researcher Idean Salehyan.
The 2011 version, authored by Sue Peterson, Mike Tierney '87 and Daniel Maliniak '06, received responses from 3,466 IR scholars from 20 countries.
AidData gets two mentions in Britain's Guardian newspaper within a month.
In June, 2012 professors Sarah Glaser (Biology) and Cullen Hendrix (Government), along with three undergraduate students traveled to Uganda to study the complex relationship between fisheries, food security, and conflict in the Lake Victoria basin, and to establish a joint Geographic Information Systems (GIS) center in Jinja with the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute. Colleen Devlin ’13 was one of the undergraduates participating in this trip.
The Project on International Peace and Security enters its fifth year with a sterling reputation for undergraduate contributions to the policy-making community.
In June 2012, Government and International Relations Professor Sue Peterson, post-baccalaureate research fellow Lindsay Hundley ’12, and undergraduate Ben Kenzer’ 13, travelled to the British International Studies Association and the International Studies Association Joint International Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland to present their joint paper, “The Rise of China and the Academy.”
The most comprehensive survey of international relations scholars ever made started at William & Mary with two elementary questions.
Amy Oakes, Dennis Smith, Benjamin Buch, and Efrat Rosenzweig will discuss the PIPS program as a new model of undergraduate education at the upcoming Council on Undergraduate Research Conference in Trenton, New Jersey. This year’s conference is titled, Leveraging Uncertainty: Toward a New Generation of Undergraduate Research.
How do IR scholars’ views about teaching, research, the discipline, and contemporary policy issues vary across the globe? This report provides descriptive statistics on the responses of IR scholars from 20 countries.
The United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research recently awarded the Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) a research grant to study the political, sociological, and psychological barriers to the deployment of the Active Denial System (ADS) in peacekeeping and counterinsurgency operations. Based on this research, PIPS will propose technical changes to ADS, criteria for its employment, and public outreach initiatives.
The AidData/CCAPS mapping tool aims to provide the most comprehensive view yet of climate change and security in Africa.
Nils Petter Gleditsch Journal of Peace Research Article of the Year Award, 2011 awarded for article ‘Civil Conflict and World Fisheries, 1952-2004.’
Controversial political scientist explores models and methods of predicting political outcomes.
Rick “Ozzie” Nelson is Director of the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and Senior Fellow in International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
On Friday February 10th Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Professor of Political Science at NYU, will lecture and take questions on his new book entitled, "The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics."
IR scholars from throughout the U.S. and 19 foreign countries surveyed; some of the results appear in Foreign Policy magazine.
W&M tied with Cal-Berkeley in opinion of International Relations scholars nationwide.
September 2011, Cambridge University Press published "Ideas, Interest, and Foreign Aid" by Maurits van der Veen, an Assistant Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary and a Researcher at AidData. His book seeks to answer the question, "Why do countries give foreign aid?"
AidData launched its new and improved website last month, featuring more content and new data and marking an expansion in the program's mission and scope.
Katie Mitchell '13, Emily Pehrsson '13, Dallen McNerney '14, and Connor Smith '14 represented William & Mary at a CIA Crisis Simulation Competition in November.
Scholars consider what’s next for Sudan and South Sudan.
Emily Pehrsson (PIPS 2011-2012 Research Fellow, PIPS 2011 Intern) and Elsa Voytas (PIPS 2011 Intern) have been offered internships with the U.S. Mission to NATO for the summer of 2012.
A Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) team - consisting of Katie Mitchell, Emily Pehrsson, Dallen McNerney, and Connor Smith - placed second at a CIA Crisis Simulation Competition held at Georgetown University on November 3rd.
The Student Conference on US Affairs is an annual four day conference hosted at The United States Military Academy at West Point.
Credits the College of William & Mary as a supportive ‘second family’ in his academic success.
On October 21, the PIPS research fellows met with Dr. Coyt Hargus and Lt. Donald Brunk, Military Deputy - International Affairs, for an hour long brainstorming session at Langley Air Force base.
On October 13th, the PIPS research fellows meet with Dr. Janet Fender and Dr. David Robbie to discuss energy based non-lethal weapons technology.
In November 2011, World Development will publish a special journal issue featuring new research that relies upon AidData as its primary source of aid information.
Alena Stern '12 works with AidData, World Bank, UNICEF, Ushahidi on international development and foreign aid.
Alex Atkins ’13 and Kedar Pavgi ’11 invited to attend Athgo International’s 4th Global Innovation Forum on Climate Change and Constructive Entrepreneurship based on AidData involvement.
Government and International Relations Associate Professor Michael Tierney interviewed on With Good Reason about AidData and aid transparency.
AidData welcomes Visiting Research Associate Daniel Gamboa Galvez.
AidData, now entering its third year, has appointed Brad Parks and Stephen Davenport as its new Executive Directors.
At the invitation of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), the Project on International Peace and Security conducted a luncheon information session for members of congress and staff on PIPS as an undergraduate think tank and new educational model.
William & Mary’s international development research program, AidData helped design and populate an interactive map for the African Development Bank (AfDB) that depicts the precise locations of the bank’s ongoing projects in Cameroon, Morocco and Tanzania.
On April 19th, The Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) held its annual student policy symposium at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. David Gordon, currently Head of Research and Director of Global Macro Analysis at the Eurasia Group and the former Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State, served as discussant.
The 2010-2011 PIPS Policy Brief Book is now available in electronic and print format.
Two weeks ago, Professors Mike Tierney, Brad Parks, Christopher Marcoux and undergraduate researcher Alena Stern traveled to Montreal to attend the ISA conference.
A new student organization at the College of William and Mary is seeking to help promote moderation and curb human rights violations in the world through the power of information.
The Central Intelligence Agency joined forces with William & Mary’s Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) to conduct the first-ever Crisis Simulation Competition, described as " a Model U.N. for the intelligence community."
Robert Kaplan has been a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security since March 2008, and has been a foreign correspondent for The Atlantic for over a quarter-century. He is the author of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power, published by Random House in October, 2010, with the paperback to be released in September.
Air Force Major General Paul G. Schafer is Director, Strategy, Policy and Assessments, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.
On October 18, 2010, Mark Suzman, director of policy, advocacy, and special initiatives for the Global Development Program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will visit the College of William and Mary as part of the George Tayloe Ross Memorial Lecture series.
The Project on International Peace and Security (PIPS) held its annual student policy symposium at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Ashley Tellis, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, served as discussant.
The 2009-2010 PIPS Policy Brief Book is now available in electronic and print format.
Ambassador Ryan Crocker is Dean, Executive Professor, and Edward and Howard Kruse Endowed Chair at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
On March 22, 2010 the AidData team held the Aid Transparency and Development Finance Conference at University College in Oxford, UK to make the database available to the public for the first time.
Charles W. Dunne, a veteran of the White House, and State and Defense Departments, analyzes the upcoming Iraqi elections and worries that a policy of benign neglect could hinder the growth of a democratic Iraqi political sphere.
Project-Level Aid (PLAID) and Development Gateway have merged their efforts to track development finance and cooperation. They are working together, in cooperation with the Secretariat of OECD's Development Assistance Committee, to create a joint, easily accessible and independent repository of aid activities.
Last week John Ikenberry, Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University, visited William and Mary to deliver several talks to William and Mary faculty and students and the Williamsburg community.
Last week, the PLAID project hosted a successful data-vetting workshop at the Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington, DC. Researchers and development practitioners from the U.S., Europe, and Africa provided the PLAID team with feedback on data quality in a beta version of the PLAID database.
Glion, Switzerland, July 3, 2009 - A group of emerging environmental leaders today pledged their personal commitment to creating a new wave of environmental action in the 21st Century. Speaking at the close of four intense days of discussion, the group set out their practical ideas on how to kick-start a deep change in the way the world economy works to prioritize human welfare and how to finally secure a long-lasting, sustainable, approach to the use and preservation of our environment, which is the fundamental basis of that welfare.
Tenuous internal conditions complicated by difficult relationships with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Syria pose the greatest challenges to Iraq's future.
To what extent is there national variation in how scholars teach IR, think about the discipline,view their role in the policy process, and approach critical contemporary foreign policy debates? Conversely, to what extent is there a single-perhaps American-driven-IR discipline?
To what extent is there national variation in how scholars teach IR, think about the discipline,view their role in the policy process, and approach critical contemporary foreign policy debates? Conversely, to what extent is there a single-perhaps American-driven-IR discipline?
Students from the College of William and Mary in partnership with ONE hosted their congressman, Rob Wittman at a ONE Town Hall in Williamsburg, VA yesterday to discuss global poverty and American foreign policy.
President Obama has appointed some distinguished academic economists and lawyers to his administration, but few high-ranking political scientists have been named. In fact, the editors of a recent poll of more than 2,700 international relations experts declared that "the walls surrounding the ivory tower have never seemed so high..."
Peter Gourevitch, Professor of Political Science at the University of California San Diego, visited the Institute Thursday to meet with students before giving a campus wide talk on the implications of the current economic crisis.
In the article, co-authored with Daniel C. Esty, an environmental law professor, Ivanova describes the U.S. effort that was instrumental in launching the U.N. Environmental Program in 1972.
Since the first major international conference on environment and development in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972, environmentalists, voters, and policymakers in the developed world have faced a vexing dilemma: with some of the richest stores of biodiversity, natural resources, and carbon located in developing countries, the greatest potential for damage to the global environment resides in places outside the sovereign control of the countries most able, financially speaking, to prevent it...
PLAID is moving to the next level. PLAID—the acronym for Project-Level Aid—has received nearly $2 million in financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The funding will allow researchers to increase the size and depth of the project.
The general dialogue on adapting to a world affected by climate change by definition excludes the world's poorest people. And yet it's the world's poorest who are often put forward as the ones who are likely to feel the affects of climate change the most and are likely to be able to deal with them the least...
Washington - Denmark gives more in environmental aid funding than other countries, according to a new book unveiled Wednesday at a lecture in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars...
Countries may make grand promises about bestowing environmental aid, but a new book finds that when it comes to forking over the cash, talk has been cheap...
Every year, billions of dollars of environmental aid flow from the rich governments of the North to the poor of the South. Why do donors provide this aid? What do they seek to achieve? How effective is the aid given? And does it always go to places of greatest environmental need ...
Congratulations, Robert Zoellick, on your expected appointment as the new president of the World Bank. You're about to assume a position that one Washington think tank, the Center for Global Development, once called "the hardest job in the world" — and that was before your predecessor flamed out in a spectacular conflict-of-interest scandal...
Williamsburg, VA - A recent survey conducted by researchers at the College of William and Mary ranked Franklin Roosevelt as the best president for U.S. foreign policy in the last 100 years. George W. Bush finished a distant twelfth...
The fight against global AIDS experienced a three-fold increase in cash after conservative U.S. leaders embraced the disease as a "moral" issue early in the decade, Susan Peterson, professor of government and dean for educational policy for arts and sciences, told the audience...
In a dark-green shipping container outside a Ugandan military hospital, a visiting Tanzanian general and four of his colonels encircle a desk. On the desk sits a green plastic paper tray...
Inspired by students and driven by their involvement, Project PLAID is a shining example of the power and benefits of undergraduate research.