Robert Muggah

Co-founder, Igarapé Institute; research director, SecDev Foundation

Robert Muggah is the co-founder of the Igarapé Institute in Rio de Janeiro and the SecDev Group in Ottawa. He is also research director of the SecDev Foundation, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Future of Cities and an adviser to the annuaGlobal Risk Report. In addition to advising groups like the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and McKinsey's, he is faculty at Singularity University and a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford. 

Most Recent Posts

UN peace operations

The UN gets serious about peace

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February 29, 2016

From ensuring women’s participation to shifting toward sustaining peace, here are top takeaways from recent UN reviews on fostering global stability.


After war, counting the dead

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September 15, 2015

Shocking death counts in armed conflicts help convict war criminals and unlock billions in aid. But arriving at accurate numbers is far from a science.


Re-imagining the West

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April 2, 2014
The Ukraine crisis has resurrected the old Cold War dichotomy of East vs West. But defining "the West" is not so easy, says Robert Muggah.

How Tech Can Revolutionize Aid

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November 19, 2013
Technology-enabled networks are overtaking old-fashioned hierarchies in many sectors, including the aid community says Robert Muggah. Aid agencies would do well to get ahead of this trend.

The Rise of the Megacity

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October 28, 2013
Robert Muggah traces the growing influence of urban clusters with ten million or more residents on the international stage.

Will Brazil Unravel the Net?

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September 19, 2013
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff isn't happy about the NSA monitoring her online activity. Robert Muggah on why the scandal is provoking calls for a new approach to Internet privacy from Brazil.

A Responsibility to Reform

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July 31, 2013
Many are resigned to the gridlock over reforming the United Nations Security Council, but Robert Muggah believes Brazil and its allies have revealed a way forward.