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Andrew Blum

Addressing Fragility—A New Learning Agenda


Fragility Study Group-Despite the decades of scholarship and hard-earned experience, we have yet to come up with an effective and sustainable approach to fragile states.” William Burns, Michèle Flournoy, and Nancy Lindborg deserve credit for acknowledging this reality and stating it clearly. (Full Article)


PhD, International Affairs, University of Southern California
BA, Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia

In July 2016, Andrew Blum joined the Kroc School of Peace Studies as the executive director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Blum is an expert in the monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding and conflict resolution programming and has deep experience in helping organizations improve their monitoring, evaluation, and learning strategies. Prior to coming to the University of San Diego, Blum served on the senior leadership team at the United States Institute of Peace as the vice-president for planning, learning, and evaluation. In this role, he was charged with transforming USIP into a true learning organization.

He started this work when he was appointed to be USIP’s first director of learning and evaluation in February 2012. He joined USIP in September 2008 as a program officer for the Grant and Fellowship program, in which he oversaw grantmaking in Nigeria, Sudan, and South Sudan. In 2010, in partnership with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Blum designed and launched the Peacebuilding Evaluation Project, an initiative designed to improve evaluation practice in the peacebuilding field as a whole. In 2016, he led efforts to establish RESOLVE (Researching Solutions to Violent Extremism), a global network of local researchers focused on identifying effective strategies to address violent extremism.

Prior to joining USIP, Blum was assistant director of the University of Maryland's Center for International Development and Conflict Management, where he was the director of the Project on International Communication and Negotiations Simulations (ICONS) and oversaw the undergraduate minor in conflict management. In the field, he has conducted research and worked on peacebuilding programs in Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Guyana, and Turkey.

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Despite the decades of scholarship and hard-earned experience, we have yet to come up with an effect

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