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Adam Smith

Senior Fellow and Head of IPI’s Center for Peace Operations | smith@ipinst.org

Adam Smith is a Senior Fellow and Head of IPI's Center for Peace Operations. Since joining IPI in 2006, his work has focused on a variety of political, technical, and policy matters related to UN peace operations, such as the management and organization of peace operations, force generation, partnerships, and the politics of UN reform. He has served as an expert consultant to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations on projects related to its capability-development agenda. In 2013 he was awarded a US Speaker and Specialist Grant by the US Department of State to deliver a series of lectures on peacekeeping and US foreign policy.

Before IPI, Adam spent several years in the private sector as a consultant to nonprofit organizations. He holds a Master of International Affairs degree with a concentration in international security policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BS from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

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