Balsillie School welcomes Dr. Robert Rotberg, inaugural Fulbright Research Chair in Political Development

January 11, 2013

Robert I. Rotberg, an internationally acclaimed Africa expert, is the inaugural Fulbright Research Chair in Political Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) and Visiting Fulbright Scholar at CIGI.

A three-way partnership between CIGI, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo will see Mr. Rotberg based at the CIGI Campus in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada during the 2013 winter semester. He is joining the CIGI Campus from Harvard University, where he was the founding director of the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution. During the 2012 fall semester, Mr. Rotberg was a Fulbright scholar at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and the North South Institute.

“We are thrilled for Mr. Rotberg to join us at the CIGI Campus,” says David Dewitt, vice president of programs at CIGI. “Robert is an outstanding scholar and an excellent addition to the group of world-class professors and students on campus. He will contribute profoundly to the policy relevant research and studies taking place this semester.”

In addition to serving as president emeritus of the World Peace Foundation, Mr. Rotberg has led and produced exceptional research throughout his career. Previously, he was professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; served as academic vice president of Tufts University; and was president of Lafayette College. Mr. Rotberg is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  His latest books are Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities and Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World. He has also recently published “Mobile Phones: Uplifting Weak and Failed States,” in the latest Washington Quarterly. He has written or edited books on such other diverse subjects as Haiti, Burma, Sri Lanka, the Horn of Africa, Zimbabwe,  genocide, corruption, and failed states.

Fulbright Canada awards, specifically the Visiting Research Chairs, enable promising and prominent American scholars, as well as experienced professionals to conduct research, develop collaborations, guest lecture, and teach at select Canadian universities and research centres. At the CIGI Campus, Mr. Rotberg will be working alongside other notable Africa experts, including recently appointed CIGI Chairs Dr. James Orbinski (who is also director of the Africa Initiative at CIGI), Alan Whiteside, and Jonathan Crush.