Director of the Just Security 2020 Program
and Senior Fellow
The Stimson Center


Areas of Expertise
Civil Wars and Intrastate Conflict, Climate Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, Economic Development, Fragile States, Global Governance, Globalization, Peacebuilding, United Nations Reform, US Foreign Policy

Regions of Expertise

Central and South Asia, Europe, Oceania, Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. Richard Ponzio serves as Director of the Just Security 2020 Program and is a Senior Fellow at the Stimson Center. Previously, he directed the Global Governance Program at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, where he served as Project Director for the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance.He is formerly a Senior Adviser in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he conceptualized and coordinated Secretary Hillary Clinton’s and later John Kerry’s New Silk Road initiative. He has served with the United Nations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, New York, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and the Solomon Islands. Dr. Ponzio has published widely and has undertaken studies in political economy and international relations at the University of Oxford, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies-Geneva, and Columbia University.

Recent Publications
Just Security in an Undergoverned World, co-edited with William Durch and Joris Larik (OUP, January 2018)

Human Development and Global Institutions: Evolution, Impact, and Reform, co-authored with Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, Founder and CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water in New Delhi (Routledge, January 2016).

Democratic Peacebuilding: Aiding Afghanistan and other Fragile States (OUP, January 2011).

Pioneering the Human Development Revolution: An Intellectual Biography of Mahbub ul Haq, co-editor and author of the chapter “The Advent of the Human Development Report”, (OUP, September 2008).

Recent ACUNS Activity
Member of the Board for Friends of ACUNS. Presenter at the 2014, 2015, and 2018 ACUNS Annual Meetings. Peer Reviewer for the journal Global Governance.