Brian Finucane

Brian Finucane

Senior Adviser, U.S.

Crisis Group Role

Brian joined Crisis Group in June 2021 as Senior Adviser for the U.S. Program. He focuses on developing policies and institutional checks to decrease U.S. reliance on military tools in foreign affairs, including through legislative reforms of war powers and counterterrorism authorities. 

Professional Background

Prior to joining Crisis Group, he worked for a decade in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State where he advised the U.S. government on legal and policy issues relating to counterterrorism, the use of military force, and partnered military operations.

Brian holds a B.A. in anthropology from Cornell University, a DPhil from Oxford University and a J.D. from Yale University.

In The News

12 Jan 2024
The U.S. is simultaneously playing the role of arsonist and firefighter in the Middle East. Al Jazeera

Brian Finucane

Senior Adviser, U.S.
7 Nov 2023
The Israeli strikes we’ve seen so far should be raising serious questions for people at the State Department about how U.S. weapons are being used. The New York Times

Brian Finucane

Senior Adviser, U.S.
5 Nov 2023
Even if there is a legal justification for ... every airstrike in Gaza, this conflict has been catastrophic for [Gazans] … Falling within the law only gets you so far. The Washington Post

Brian Finucane

Senior Adviser, U.S.
9 Jan 2023
You see a lower operation tempo, what you might call GWOT-lite, but continuity in terms of deployments or even some increases in places in Africa. GRID

Brian Finucane

Senior Adviser, U.S.

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