Maximilian M. Meduna

Research Associate


M.A. (Mag. phil.) in Political Science, University of Vienna;
M.A. (Mag. phil.) in Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna;
Postgraduate Diploma, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna;
M.A. in International Affairs, The Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Max Meduna joined NYU Abu Dhabi in October 2016. His research examines why and when "islands of stability" emerge in fragile states and how the international community can promote subnational security and development.

Previously, Max was a Policy Analyst and Head of the Global Trends Unit at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where he worked on research projects and policy support to multilateral organizations as well as training courses for field mission staff. His focus ranged from peace operations and fragile states to humanitarian emergency response and transnational threats. Prior to joining IPI, Max completed internships at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York as well as the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. During his studies, he was board member of the UN Youth Association and Research Assistant at the Institute for Peace Support and Conflict Management (IFK) of the Austrian Ministry of Defense. Max speaks English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, and Italian.