Visiting Scholar
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University


Areas of Expertise
Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction, Humanitarian Affairs, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Post-conflict reconstruction and development, Fragile States, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Development, United Nations Reform, Political Economy

Region of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, Middle East

Jonathan Papoulidis is Executive Advisor on Fragile States for World Vision in Washington D.C. where he leads on policy, program innovation and partnerships for nearly 40 fragile states where World Vision operates. He advises host governments as well as the donor community on country mechanisms for development effectiveness, resilience, post-crisis transitions and emergency response. He chairs the Global Community of Practice on Scaling Development’s group on scaling-up in fragile states involving multilateral development banks, bilateral donors, business, universities and think-tanks. He also co-chairs the Alliance for Peacebuilding and InterAction group on conflict and fragility, representing over USD 12 billion in programmable aid from non-governmental partners.

Papoulidis previously served with the United Nations including as UN Coordinator for Aceh and Nias and Security Coordinator for Sumatra; and before that as Chief of Policy and Programs for the UN’s post-tsunami and post-conflict efforts in the region totaling over USD seven billion dollars. In this role, he supported the creation of the government’s comprehensive peace and recovery framework for Aceh and the establishment of municipality-led development committees across affected provinces.

Papoulidis was the OCHA representative in Turkey preparing for the Iraq crisis in 2003 and with OCHA in New York focusing on early warning, conflict prevention, post-crisis transitional planning, protection of civilians and public-private partnerships.

He was a member of the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia from 2004-2006. Working closely with the Deputy-Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Recovery and Governance, he facilitated the historic signing of 103 multilateral treaties by the Liberian Head of State in September 2005. He co-chaired with the Liberian Minister of Internal Affairs, the committee for the post-war return of IDPs and refugees. He also chaired the inter-agency Protection Core Group, responsible for cross-country assessments of affected populations and formulating policy for the UN and wider humanitarian community. He served as the UN mission’s focal point for the widely studied governance and economic assistance program (GEMAP), advising the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General and chairing the GEMAP group on state-owned enterprises.

Papoulidis is Visiting Scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University, working on adaptive approaches and multilateral solutions to state and societal fragility. He previously held appointments as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and as coordinator of peacebuilding and humanitarian affairs at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University. He has lectured widely in North America and abroad and served from 2011-2013 as a keynote presenter on fragility and aid effectiveness at the UN Resident Coordinators’ Induction Program. He has served on the boards of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and UN Association in Canada, where he was President of the Toronto-Region. From 2004-2006, he served on the Peace Studies executive of the International Studies Association. He has been published in the Harvard International Review, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, the Brookings Institution and the Cambridge Review of International Affairs where he was an editor. He has a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge.

Recent Publications
Papoulidis, Jonathan and Larry Cooley, Scalable Solutions in Fragile States, Brookings Institution, November 2017

Papoulidis, Jonathan and George Ingram, State Fragility is Key to Reaching the Last Mile in Ending Poverty, Brookings Institution, November, 2017

Papoulidis, Jonathan and George Ingram, Rethinking Approaches to Reduce State Fragility, Brookings Institution, March 2017

Papoulidis, Jonathan, Ending Extreme Poverty in the Hardest Places, World Vision US, March 2016

Papoulidis, Jonathan, Syria and the Challenge of Transformational Resilience, DevEx, March 2016

Papoulidis, Jonathan, Fragile States and Post 2015 Development: The Need for Resilience Architecture in the Face of MDG Failure, Yale Journal of International Affairs, February 2013

Papoulidis, Jonathan, Towards a New Paradigm of International Engagement in Fragile States, Harvard International Review, 27 September 2011

Papoulidis, Jonathan, The United Nations and Peacebuilding: prospects and perils in international regime (trans)formation, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Vol. 20, Issue. 1, 2007