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Robert Blecher

Senior Strategic Adviser to the President
Leading on Economics of Conflict Workstream
Washington DC

As Senior Strategic Adviser to the President, Robert Blecher advises the President & CEO on the organisation’s priorities, increasing its impact and raising its profile through new forms of output, outreach, advocacy and partnerships. He oversees the strategic planning process, leads special initiatives and directs the Economics of Conflict work stream, which integrates empirical approaches into Crisis Group’s traditional method.

Robert previously served as deputy program director of Crisis Group's MENA Program and before that as project director for Israel/ Palestine. He has a Ph.D. in Middle East history from Stanford University. 

In The News

13 Nov 2017
[The U.S. resolution limiting American involvement in Yemen] seems to be the result of mounting pressure on the U.S. government to distance itself from a war that is causing so much human suffering. Al Jazeera

Robert Blecher

Senior Strategic Adviser to the President
2 Jul 2017
By virtue of their relative size (both geographic and financial), Qatar will always be weaker [than Saudi Arabia]. But not weak enough to make finances and business deals the decisive factor in this contretemps. AFP

Robert Blecher

Senior Strategic Adviser to the President