Dr. Simon Adams

Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.


Dr. Simon Adams, Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect joins co-host Alistair Edgar to discuss the scope of the Centre, its establishment and the importance of its mission to advance the norm of the Responsibility to Protect. Adams discusses the challenges and limitations in promoting R2P and comments specifically on the Centre’s recent work in Syria, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Connecting his early life to his current role, Adams reflects on his personal motivations and the work of the Centre.

Additional Resources
Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
R2P Monitor, Issue 17, 15 September 2014
Twitter: @GCR2P

About Simon Adams
Dr. Simon Adams is Executive Director of the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect. Dr Adams has worked extensively with governments and civil society organizations in South Africa, East Timor, Rwanda, Mozambique and elsewhere. Between 1994 and 2002 Dr. Adams worked with Sinn Féin and former IRA prisoners in support of the Northern Ireland peace process. He is also a former anti-apartheid activist and member of the African National Congress. 

Dr. Adams is the author of four books and numerous academic articles with a focus on international conflict. He has also written for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Australian, Huffington Post, International Herald Tribune, News24 (South Africa), O Estado de S. Paulo (Brazil), Los Angeles Times and many other publications. Dr Adams has appeared as an expert commentator on Al-Jazeera, BBC, ARD (Germany), Chinese Central Television and numerous other media.

Dr. Adams studied at the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa and at the University of New South Wales in Australia, where he received his Ph.D. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School. Dr. Adams has lectured at a number of international universities. He served as Pro Vice Chancellor (International Engagement) at Monash University, Australia’s largest public university, and as Vice President of its South African campus between 2008-2010.


Recorded September 2014