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Tarek Ghani

Senior Economic Adviser

Crisis Group Role

Tarek advises and helps shape Crisis Group’s analysis of how economic factors impact conflict at the global, regional and country levels. From January 2020-April 2021, he was Crisis Group’s Chief Economist and Program Director, Future of Conflict. From July 2018-December 2019 he was Crisis Group's Senior Economic Adviser. 

Professional Background

Tarek has spent two decades working on conflict issues across academia, philanthropy and policy analysis. He is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at Washington University in St. Louis and a Nonresident Fellow of the Brookings Institution's Global Economy and Development Program. Tarek has published in the American Economic Review, AEJ: Microeconomics, Foreign Affairs and Harvard Business Review.

Tarek is an associate of Princeton's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project and an affiliate of LSE's International Growth Centre. From 2015-2016, he was the ESOC Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs. From 2006-2009, he oversaw conflict prevention grants at the Humanity United foundation. He has also worked with the Center for Global Development, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States Institute of Peace and the World Bank. He holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. from Stanford University.

Latest Updates

Op-Ed / Global

The Sting in COVID-19’s Tail

Developing countries may have suffered more from the pandemic economically and politically than they have in the realm of public health. For some, what comes next could be worse. 

Originally published in Foreign Affairs

Climate Change Doesn’t Have to Stoke Conflict

Politics matter more than the environment when it comes to war and peace

Originally published in Foreign Affairs