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Richard Atwood

Director of New York Office, Senior Policy Adviser, Jihad in Modern Conflict
New York

Crisis Group Role

Richard Atwood joined Crisis Group in 2009 and is director of its New York office. He advises Crisis Group’s president, particularly on crises in Africa and the Middle East, and leads its work on al-Qaeda and ISIS. He also represents the organisation at the United Nations, where he and a small team work to feed Crisis Group’s analysis and ideas into the policy­ making of member states and the UN’s departments and agencies. Before moving to New York, he spent five years as Crisis Group's research director.

Professional Background

Prior to Crisis Group, he worked for about fifteen years across the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Latin America for the UN and other organisations, with extended periods in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Nigeria, Kenya, Guatemala, Colombia and Peru. He has a master in public policy from Princeton University and speaks English, French and Spanish, as well as conversational Italian and Russian.

In The News

20 Jun 2017
The U.S. is worried that a [French] Security Council resolution [on an African counter-terror force in the Sahel] might open the door to funding at a time when cutting back their UN funding is a priority. Bloomberg

Richard Atwood

Director of New York Office, Senior Policy Adviser, Jihad in Modern Conflict
8 Mar 2017
The us-and-them mentality [of the new UN counter-terrorism proposal means] the U.N. has been positioned even more forcefully on the government's side when it [is sometimes] already perceived as too close to the government. Foreign Policy

Richard Atwood

Director of New York Office, Senior Policy Adviser, Jihad in Modern Conflict
2 Feb 2017
The longer the war continues in Yemen, the stronger al-Qaeda is likely to get. PBS Newshour

Richard Atwood

Director of New York Office, Senior Policy Adviser, Jihad in Modern Conflict

Latest Updates

Speech / Global

Violent Extremism and Crisis Management

Speech by Richard Atwood, International Crisis Group’s Director of Multilateral Affairs & Head of New York Office, to the UN’s Group of Friends on Counter-Terrorism Meeting.

Commentary / Africa

How the EU Can Support Peaceful Transitions in Africa

Too many transitions of power in Africa result in bloodshed. Crisis Group's Richard Atwood examines the causes of violence and ways to prevent it. This is the executive summary of a policy briefing submitted to the European Parliament.