Robert I. Rotberg
Robert I. Rotberg is a frequent commentator on conflict and conflict prevention in the developing world, especially Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, on failed and fragile states, on good governance and encouraging good governance, on genocide and ethnic cleansing, on corruption, and on specific civil wars and other contemporary issues in Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Somalia, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Haiti. He has also created the Index of African Governance.


Phone: 781-862-4089
Email: robert_rotberg@harvard.edu

Positions and Appointments

President emeritus, World Peace Foundation; Director, Harvard Kennedy School Program on Intrastate Conflict, 1999-2010; President, World Peace Foundation, 1993-2010. Founding co-editor, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, 1970-present. Professor of Political Science and History, MIT, 1968-1987, Academic Vice President, Tufts University, 1987-1990; President, Lafayette College, 1990-1993.Chair, Zimbabwe Policy Study Group, Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2011-present; Associate Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, 2011-present.


  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Hon. Trustee, Oberlin College

Recent Opinion Articles

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Books and Articles

Author of books on conflict and conflict resolution, African, Asian, and Caribbean politics, and more.
  • Mass Atrocity Crimes: Preventing Future Outrages (2010)
  • Corruption, Global Security, and World Order (2009)
  • “Worst of the Worst”: Dealing with Repressive and Rogue Nations (2007)
  • A Leadership for Peace: How Edwin Ginn Tried to Change the World (2007)
  • Building a New Afghanistan (2007)
  • Governance and Leadership in Africa (2007)
  • Israeli And Palestinian Narratives of Conflict: History’s Double Helix (2006)
  • Battling Terrorism in the Horn of Africa (2005)
  • When States Fail: Causes and Consequences (2004)
  • State Failure and State Weakness in a Time of Terror (2003)
  • Ending Autocracy, Enabling Democracy: The Tribulations of Southern Africa 1960–2000 (2002)
  • Peacekeeping and Peace Enforcement in Africa: Methods of Conflict Prevention (2001)
  • Truth v. Justice: The Morality of Truth Commissions (2000)
  • Creating Peace in Sri Lanka: Civil War and Reconciliation (1999)
  • Burma: Prospects for a Democratic Future (1998)
  • War and Peace in Southern Africa: Crime, Drugs, Armies, and Trade (1998)
  • Haiti Renewed: Political and Economic Prospects (1997)
  • Vigilance and Vengeance: NGOs Preventing Ethnic Conflict in Divided Societies (1996)
  • From Massacres to Genocide: The Media, Public Policy and Humanitarian Crises (1996)
  • The Founder: Cecil Rhodes and the Pursuit of Power (1988, new ed. 2002).


One thought on “About

  1. Hi grandad,
    Nice article on Mandela.
    // Linnea

    Posted by linnea | December 12, 2013, 11:05 am

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