is Director of Multilateral Affairs & Head of New York Office at International Crisis Group.
As Crisis Group’s director of multilateral affairs and head of its New York office, Richard Atwood represents the organisation at the United Nations. He and a small team work to feed Crisis Group’s analysis and policy ideas into the policy-making of member states and the UN’s departments and agencies. He previously served for five years as Crisis Group’s research director, overseeing thematic research and best practices and working with the president and program staff to develop policy. He has expertise in political transitions, systems and institutions, peace processes and operations, and early warning and is especially involved in Crisis Group’s work on elections.
Prior to Crisis Group, he worked for over a decade in elections and peace operations – with the UN in Afghanistan and Timor Leste, with the International Foundation for Election Systems, or IFES, in Palestine, Iraq (based in Amman), Lebanon and Pakistan, and for other organisations in Nigeria, Kenya, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Kosovo, Peru and Cambodia, amongst other places. He has a master in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University and a BA in modern history and Russian with a first class honours from the University of London. He speaks a number of languages, including Spanish, French, Russian and Portuguese.