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Abigail Vaughn

Abigail Vaughn is an Assistant Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining the Nunn School, Dr. Vaughn was a research fellow at Princeton's Niehaus Center on Globalization and Governance. She previously served as a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance. Her research looks at the intersection of international and comparative political economy, with a specific emphasis on economic statecraft and global financial governance. She has published on the United States’ use of financial incentives and economic coercion to induce Colombian cooperation on counter-narcotics. In other work, she examines how central banks in several of the world’s largest economies—including the United States, China, and Japan—react to the alliances, rivalries, and geopolitical interests of their home governments. She finds that central banks can leverage these political ties to deter economic misbehavior among allies, thereby averting financial crises and improving global financial stability. Some of her current work analyzes how countries respond to political linkages when selecting a means of acquiring temporary liquidity, such as reserve stockpiling, currency swap agreements, regional reserve pools, or IMF loans. Vaughn received her PhD in political science from UC San Diego in 2019.

Recent Publications

 Implications of COVID-19 for Global (In)Stability
June 4, 2020 | IGCC Researchers Respond
Is the COVID-19 crisis comparable to any other crisis in history? What are the biggest dangers ahead? And what should be the role of the state and international organizations in responding? Experts from across the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation weigh in.

  • International financial governance
  • geopolitics
  • financial statecraft
  • central banks
  • comparative political institutions
  • US foreign policy
  • rising powers
Deterrence with Proxies