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Tarek Ghani

Chief Economist & Program Director, Future of Conflict
Washington, D.C.

Crisis Group Role

As Chief Economist, Tarek leads Crisis Group’s analysis and advocacy on economic policy issues and manages a team of Ph.D. researchers and data analysts adopting cutting-edge methods. As Future of Conflict Program Director, he oversees Crisis Group’s research, policy analysis and advocacy on how climate change, digital technologies and the global economy impact deadly conflicts. From 2018-2019, he was Crisis Group’s Senior Economic Adviser.

Professional Background

Tarek Ghani has spent two decades working on conflict issues across academia, philanthropy and policy analysis. He is a Nonresident Fellow of the Brookings Institution's Global Economy and Development Program, an associate of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project at Princeton University and an affiliate of the International Growth Centre at London School of Economics. From 2006-2009, he oversaw conflict prevention grants at the Humanity United foundation. He has worked with the Center for Global Development, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the United States Institute of Peace and the World Bank.

Tarek is an Assistant Professor of Strategy (on public service leave) at Washington University's Olin Business School. He holds a Ph.D. in Business & Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley and a B.S. from Stanford University. He has published in the American Economic Review, AEJ: Microeconomics, Foreign Affairs and Harvard Business Review.

Latest Updates

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