Robert I. Rotberg is the inaugural Fulbright Research Chair in Political Development at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Visiting Fulbright Scholar at CIGI. In autumn 2012, he was the inaugural Fulbright Research Chair at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University and at the North-South Institute.
Robert is the founding director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. Previously, he was professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, academic vice president of Tufts University and president of Lafayette College. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Robert’s most recent books are Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities (2013) and Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World (2012). His article “Mobile Phones: Uplifting Weak and Failed States” (with Jenny C. Aker) was published in the winter 2013 issue of The Washington Quarterly. He has written or edited books on other diverse subjects such as Haiti, Burma, Sri Lanka, the Horn of Africa, Zimbabwe, genocide, corruption and failed states.