Areas of Expertise: United Nations system; European security and defence policy; Africa; Western Balkans
Richard Gowan is an associate fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. His topics of focus range from the UN to conflict management.
Gowan teaches at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and writes a weekly column ("Diplomatic Fallout") for World Politics Review. He was previously research director at New York University's Center on International Cooperation, and has recently worked as a consultant with the International Crisis Group, the Simon--Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the UN Department of Political Affairs.
Richard Gowan - 19 June 2008The "crisis" created by Ireland's rejection of the Lisbon Treaty is pretty tame - the EU faces far greater dangers in East Africa. But Lisbon could help solve them.
Richard Gowan - 26 January 2008The EU is increasingly detached from efforts to stabilise Iraq. But EU governments cannot afford to ignore the situation there, and should use the year ahead to identify strategies to assist Iraq alongside the next US administration.
Richard Gowan - 28 November 2007There?s a real risk that, in the weeks between now and Christmas, the EU will face violence in either Kosovo, where 15,000 European troops underwrite security, or Lebanon where 8,000 Europeans have made up the backbone of the UN peace force.
by Richard Gowan - 08th May, 2018
Brexit has the potential to upset European coordination on development and human rights across the UN system.
by Richard Gowan - 28th April, 2017
Taking early steps to tackle humanitarian crises is a chance to show the EU has not entirely lost a sense of strategic purpose and that it is able to meet moral
Mark Leonard and Richard Gowan go through the likely talking points at the meeting and discuss what might be on some countries' hidden agendas. The podcast was recorded on 19 September 2018.
The Secret of the World: A History of Intelligence by Christopher Andrew
Enough Said by Mark Thompson
Richard Gowan gives his thoughts.
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard talks with ECFR’s U.N. expert Richard Gowan among other things about Trump and Macron's addresses at the UNGA, the Korean nuclear crisis, the Iran deal and the Syrian peace process.
The podcast was recorded on 21st September 2017.
This workshop, organised with the Embassy of the Netherlands in London, discusses crisis management in Africa in the age of Trump and Brexit.
Richard Gowan, Associate Policy Fellow, ECFR
Hester Somsen, Director for Security Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (from the Hague)
Stefano Tomat, Head of Division EEAS PRISM (from Brussels)
Chaired by Susi Dennison, Director European Power Programme, ECFR
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Senior Policy Fellow Richard Gowan about the candidates, and the factors that will decide the race. The podcast was recorded on the 15 September 2016.
The fog of peace: A memoir of international peacekeeping in the 21st century by Jean-Marie Guehenno
ECFR’s director Mark Leonard speaks with Somini Sengupta, UN correspondent for the New York Times, Richard Gowan, ECFR Senior Policy Fellow, and Manuel Lafont Rapnouil, Head of ECFR Paris office, about the UN secretary-general candidacy, the public hustings and about who is leading the race.
Richard Gowan, Senior Policy Fellow at ECFR and Professor at Columbia University, explains why the EU received a B- for how it dealt with multilateral issues and crisis management, and what the outlook for the coming year is.
You can find the Scorecard 2016 publication here.
Richard Gowan, ECFR Associate Fellow and author of Chapter 6, believes that there were several crises the EU had to face in 2014. How to deal with the increased migration from African countries was the most challenging one.