Robert I. Rotberg, Background

Robert I. Rotberg is a CIGI Senior Fellow, effective August 2013. He was previously the inaugural Fulbright Research Chair in Political Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Visiting Fulbright Scholar at CIGI. In fall 2012, he was the inaugural Fulbright Research Chair at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University and at the North-South Institute (NSI).

At CIGI, Robert is leading two research projects: “South Africa's Role in Multilateral and Governance Issues in Africa” explores the sub-Saharan country’s readiness and ability to be a twenty-first century leader. It will culminate in publications by Sage and CIGI, as well as an issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Robert’s second project, “Measuring Governance Effectiveness: National and International Dimensions,” is in partnership with NSI. It will culminate in a new book that provides a conceptual framework and definition of global governance with relation to a comprehensive indexes database.

Robert is the founding director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. Previously, he was professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, academic vice president of Tufts University and president of Lafayette College. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In fall 2013, he will be Fulbright Research Chair in Political Development at NPSIA.

Robert’s most recent books are Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities (2013) and Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World(2012). His article “Mobile Phones: Uplifting Weak and Failed States” (with Jenny C. Aker) was published in the winter 2013 issue of The Washington Quarterly. He has written or edited books on other diverse subjects such as Haiti, Burma, Sri Lanka, the Horn of Africa, Zimbabwe,  genocide, corruption and failed states.

In the News

  1. Propaganda, little else, unites Africa's jihadist groups, Michel Moutot, AFP, September 25, 2013
  2. China in Africa: Developing a continent, Zhang Yuwei, China Daily USA, June 14, 2013
  3. Africa has huge growth potential – professor, Madeleine May, Cape Times, May 30, 2013
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