Dean, School of Peace Studies
A highly regarded United Nations official, Edward C. Luck, PhD, served since 2008 as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In this role, he was responsible for the conceptual, political and institutional/operational development of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, under which all Heads of State and Government pledged to protect their populations by preventing atrocity crimes and their incitement. From 2007 to 2011, Luck was with the International Peace Institute, an independent policy research center , where he began as a Visiting Senior Fellow and left as the Senior Vice President, Research and Programs.
Dr. Luck’s academic experience includes appointments at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University from 2001 to 2010 as Professor of Practice, Director of the Center on International Organization, and Director of the UN Studies Program. A prolific and visible scholar, Dr. Luck is one of the world’s leading experts on the United Nations. He has written numerous books, chapters, and articles and provided frequent media commentary and Congressional testimony on the Responsibility to Protect, peacekeeping, United Nations reform, and a host of other foreign policy and security issues.
Dr. Luck holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a series of graduate degrees from Columbia University, including a Master of International Affairs and Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in political science. He also received the Certificate of Columbia’s Russian Institute.