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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.

Latest Updates

No-Fly Zone in Ukraine: War with Russia by Another Name

Some current and former officials, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, call for Western powers to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine. This Q&A explains what a no-fly zone would entail, where similar zones have been established before and the dangers of that option in Ukraine.