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

8 Nov 2022
If U.S. democracy looks like it is back on life support, I think you'll see even good friends of the U.S. start to edge away from Washington on democracy issues. Reuters

Richard Gowan

UN Director
18 Oct 2022
For many states, the U.N. offers a place to defend their territorial claims even when they cannot control the actual territories at stake. Washington Post

Richard Gowan

UN Director
19 Sep 2022
A lot of [the] time now, the U.N.’s role has been reduced to geopolitical ambulance-chasing. Foreign Policy

Richard Gowan

UN Director
7 Jul 2022
If the situation in Ukraine escalates to the type of major-power war that opens up the space for fundamental, multilateral reform, that’s great but we’ll all be dead. The Atlantic

Richard Gowan

UN Director
13 Jun 2022
The stark reality is that the UN Human Rights officials are always working in the shadow of power. VICE

Richard Gowan

UN Director
18 May 2022
The U.S. needs to demonstrate that it can focus on defending Ukraine and managing global food issues at the same time. CBS

Richard Gowan

UN Director

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