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Renard Sexton

Fellow, Economics of Conflict

Crisis Group Role

Renard joined Crisis Group in 2018 and is jointly a visiting fellow at Princeton University. As Economics of Conflict Fellow, he works to integrate quantitative analysis and the theoretical foundations from political science and economics into Crisis Group's work, with a particular focus on Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Areas of Expertise

  • Political economy
  • Quantitative analysis 
  • Natural resources
  • Insurgency

Professional Background

Renard has a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University, and will start as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory University in July 2019.

He has written for the Washington Post, Guardian, Foreign Policy, and other publications. A full list of articles can be found here.

A full list of his research, including his publication "Aid as a Tool against Insurgency: Evidence from Contested and Controlled Territory in Afghanistan", can be found here.  


  • English (native)
  • Spanish (fluent)