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Assistant Professor of Practice Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD Freie Universität Berlin
Research Areas: international relations; international security; conflict; statebuilding; peacekeeping
Michael Harsch is Assistant Professor of Practice in NYUAD's Social Science Division and a Fellow at the Center on International Cooperation (CIC) in New York. His research examines local and global institutions' role in promoting security, effective government, and economic development, with a focus on fragile and conflict-affected states. He is the author of The Power of Dependence: NATO-UN Cooperation in Crisis Management (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is currently leading a grant-funded project that aims to explain the success of “islands of stability” in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.
Prior to joining NYUAD, he completed fellowships at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP). He was also a visiting scholar at the World Bank’s Global Center on Conflict, Security, and Development in Kenya and at Stanford University’s Department of Political Science.