Hello again from the Global Research Institute, where nearly 150 students worked on dozens of research projects this summer. This week, our day-to-day looks a little different than it has, as classes begin and on-campus events resume. I look forward to welcoming new students and faculty to GRI, but I’m even more excited to reconnect with students we have not seen in person for almost 18 months and those who have graduated. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s homecoming celebration the weekend of October 8-10 — we look forward to welcoming you back to campus.
It’s been a fun summer with an increasing number of collaborations across projects. IJL Director Kelebogile Zvobgo used TRIP survey data to answer the question "Did America’s Racial Awakening Reach IR Professors?" Several faculty and former GRI students Emily Jackson and Eric Parajon contributed to a special section of International Studies Perspectives to answer the question: "Did ‘America First’ Construct America Irrelevant? " Sam Custer, AidData’s Director of Policy Analysis launched a collaborative project with the DIG Lab's Phil Roessler that uses survey experimental methods to understand why policymakers in developing countries prefer certain types of aid and certain donors. You’ll see more examples of partnerships between GRI researchers below, including a podcast featuring an AidData Junior Program Manager and a former PIPS Fellow. Consistent with GRI’s Strategic Plan, I’m confident we will see more cross-disciplinary and cross-university collaborations supported by GRI going forward.
I hope you’ll also check out AidData’s Listening to Leaders 2021 report — whose key findings and media coverage are linked in the squares directly below. Can’t wait to hear what you think.
Come visit us soon! Best, Mike
Insights from nearly 7,000 policy practitioners informed AidData’s Listening to Leaders 2021 report, which tracks how global leaders review their development partners in a modern period of “contested cooperation.” Articles in Foreign Policy and The First Tranche outline the growing role of multilateral organizations, the extent of China's influence on partners' priorities, and considerations of climate change in goal-setting and decision-making. Click the squares below to learn more.