Stewart M. Patrick

Dr. Stewart M. Patrick is senior fellow and director of the program on international institutions and global governance at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Dr. Patrick’s areas of expertise include multilateral cooperation in the management of global issues; U.S. policy toward international institutions, including the United Nations; the challenges posed by fragile, failing, and post conflict states; and the integration of U.S. defense, development, and diplomatic instruments in U.S. foreign and national security policy. 

From 2005 to April 2008, Dr. Patrick was research fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). He directed CGD’s research and policy engagement on the intersection between security and development, with a particular focus on the relationship between weak states and transnational threats, as well as on the policy challenges of building effective institutions of governance in fragile settings. Dr. Patrick also served as a professorial lecturer in international relations/conflictmanagement at the Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. !From September 2002 to January 2005, Dr. Patrick served on the secretary of state’s policy planning staff, with lead staff responsibility for U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and a range of global and transnational issues. His portfolio included conducting analysis and providing recommendations for U.S. policies on weak and failing states, post conflict reconstruction, development, refugees and migration, international law enforcement, and global health affairs. 

Prior to government service, Dr. Patrick was a research associate at New York University’s (NYU) Center on International Cooperation. In that capacity, he designed and ran two multi-scholar research programs on post conflict reconstruction and on multilateralism and U.S. foreign policy. Dr. Patrick also taught U.S. foreign policy at NYU as an adjunct professor of political science. 

Dr. Patrick graduated from Stanford University and received his doctorate in international relations, as well as two masters’ degrees, from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes scholar. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of five books, including Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security (Oxford University Press, May 2011). Dr. Patrick has also authored numerous articles and chapters on the subjects of multilateral cooperation, state building, and U.S. foreign policy.