Bruce D. Jones

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Dr. Bruce Jones

Bruce D. Jones, Ph.D. (born 1969) is an academic, an author and policy analyst. He is Director of the Foreign Policy program and Director of the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He is also a consulting professor at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University and chair of the advisory council of the Center on International Cooperation at New York University. Jones’ research focuses primarily on U.S. policy on global order; the global order policies of the emerging powers; global governance and multilateral reform, including such issues as G8/G20 and UN Security Council reform; and international conflict management, peacekeeping, and post-conflict operations. His most recent book, Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension between Rivalry and Restraint, examines the tension between the impulse to rival the U.S.A and the incentives for restraint and cooperation among the rising powers. Under Jones, the Center on International Cooperation has developed into one of the most influential think-tanks working on conflict and security, climate change, fragile states, peacebuilding, mediation, and global threats and challenges.

Through CIC, Jones has authored several major policy reports and publications. The Annual Review of Global Peace Operations has rapidly become the reference text for data and analysis on peacekeeping. From Fragility to Resilience has provided new international definitions for resilience and statebuilding, which were adopted by OECD member states, and taken forward by the United Kingdom Department for International Development and others. He also co-authored Recovering from War, which formed the basis for a Thematic Debate at the United Nations Security Council. The follow-up to the ideas in this report were most notably visible in the United Nations Review of International Civilian Capacities initiative, for which Dr. Jones served as a member of the Senior Advisory Group, and in the OECD workstream on financing.

Jones's book, Power and Responsibility (2009), co-authored by Ambassador Carlos Pascual and Professor Stephen Stedman, received the BookNote Awards Gold Prize in 2009 for Best Book of the Year in the domain of Political Science.

Jones is also affiliated with several universities, serving at Stanford University as a Consulting Professor, at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service as an Adjunct Professor, and at New York University as a Professor by courtesy. He advises several international organizations, including the World Bank, serving as Co-Lead and Senior External Advisor for the World Bank's 2011 World Development Report: Conflict, Security and Development; and the United Nations, where he is Lead consultant with the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations project, New Horizons for Peacekeeping. He is also a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Program of the Brookings Institution.

Jones is a Board member of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation; the Norwegian Peacebuilding Training Advisory Group; Conciliation Resources; and to Asia Foundation's Aid to Subnational Conflict Areas program.


Born in 1969,[1] Jones entered the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1991, earning his Ph.D. in 2000 from the Department of International Relations.[2] In 1997-1998, during which time he was registered part-time at LSE, he attended Stanford University as a David Hamburg Fellow on Conflict Prevention at the Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation. He also contributed to Stanford's MacArthur Consortium research on state-sponsored mass killing during this period.


Jones joined CIC in 2002 as Deputy Director. From 2004 to 2005, he served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the UN Secretary-General during the UN reform effort leading up to the 2005 World Summit, and in the same period was Acting Secretary of the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee. He also served as Deputy Research Director to the UN High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change during this time. From 2000 to 2002, Jones served as Special Assistant and Acting Chief of Staff in the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in Gaza and Jerusalem. From 1998-2000, Jones served in a range of functions with the United Nations, including as Policy Advisor to the Deputy Special Representative for the UN Advance Mission in Kosovo; as a member of the team that designed the UN Interim Administration in Kosovo (UNMIK); as Regional Policy Advisor to the UN Regional Coordination Office for the Balkans; and as a member of the team that designed the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET). From 1997-1998, Jones developed a report on strategic coordination in the Great Lakes region in Africa, which was later adopted by the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee.

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  1. ^ Jones, Bruce D.; Carlos Pascual; Stephen John Stedman (2009). Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats. Brookings Institution Press. p. iv. ISBN 978-0-8157-4706-2. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bruce D. Jones Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). New York University. Retrieved 4 November 2010. 

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