Richard Gowan

Richard Gowan

UN Director
New York

Crisis Group Role

Richard oversees Crisis Group’s advocacy work at the United Nations, liaising with diplomats and UN officials in New York.

Professional Background

Richard was previously a Consulting Analyst with ICG in 2016 and 2017. He has worked with the European Council on Foreign Relations, New York University Center on International Cooperation and the Foreign Policy Centre (London). He has taught at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and Stanford in New York. He has also worked as a consultant for the organisations including UN Department of Political Affairs, the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on International Migration, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rasmussen Global, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Global Affairs Canada. From 2013 to 2019, he wrote a weekly column (“Diplomatic Fallout”) for World Politics Review.

Areas of Expertise

  • The United Nations system
  • Security Council
  • Peacekeeping
  • European security
  • Early warning and conflict prevention

In The News

31 mei 2024
[UN Security] Council members now seem resigned to the fact that many states which have hosted UN missions for a long time want them gone. AFP

Richard Gowan

UN Director
10 mei 2024
This resolution [for Palestinian UN membership] is a very clear signal to Israel and the US that it is time to take Palestinian statehood seriously. AFP

Richard Gowan

UN Director
17 apr 2024
A General Assembly vote on [Palestinian UN membership] is of political rather than legal weight. The Intercept

Richard Gowan

UN Director
12 apr 2024
Israel’s strategy of dismissing the UN completely does alienate a lot of otherwise broadly sympathetic countries, notably the Europeans. Bloomberg

Richard Gowan

UN Director
2 mrt 2024
The situation in Gaza is now so bad that any additional supplies will at least alleviate some suffering. But this is at best a temporary band aid measure. Reuters

Richard Gowan

UN Director
21 feb 2024
The ICJ is a place where little countries can line up and leverage international law to constrain what big powers and their allies try to do. The New York Times

Richard Gowan

UN Director

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