Bruce Jones

Director and Senior Fellow of the NYU Center on International Cooperation

Dr. Bruce Jones is Director and Senior Fellow of the NYU Center on International Cooperation, and Senior Fellow and Director of the Managing Global Order Initiative at the Brookings Institution, where he leads research on international order and global governance. He is also the Senior External Advisor for the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011 on Conflict, Security and Development. In March 2010 Dr. Jones was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as a member of the Senior Advisory Group to guide the Review of International Civilian Capacities. Dr. Jones has served the United Nations in several capacities. He was Senior Advisor in the Office of the Secretary-General during the UN reform effort leading up to the World Summit 2005 and in the same period was Acting Secretary of the Secretary-General’s Policy Committee. From 2004 to 2005, he was Deputy Research Director of the High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. From 2000 to 2002 he was Special Assistant to the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process and held assignments in the UN Interim Mission in Kosovo and in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Most Recent Posts

Jones: What role will sanctions by Canada, the United States, and the European Union play in the development of the political crisis in Ukraine?

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March 17, 2014

Today’s sanctions by the West are likely not aimed, as much of the media commentary suggests, at reversing Russian actions in Crimea; that’s unlikely to succeed short of a devastating blow to the Russian economy, and even then such a blow would just as likely encourage nationalism and spartanism rather than restraint. Rather, this is […]

Jones: Should Canada’s military support the intervention in Mali?

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January 16, 2013

Yes. What’s happening in Mali affects Canada in two main ways. First, territorial gains by Al Qaeda affiliated groups pose a direct security threat to a key European ally, France, and to western interests more generally. (Ask Robert Fowler if there’s any doubt on that score.) Second, the combination of direct support to the state, […]

Jones: Does the escalation of tensions between Syria and Turkey change the decision-making calculus on international intervention?

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October 9, 2012

Let’s hope so. Some months ago I argued (here) that the least bad option available for Syria was the deployment of an internationally mandated stabilization force – a force mandated not to overthrow Assad, but to freeze hostilities. That’s neither easy nor risk free; but nor is it impossible. The essential condition, though, is a […]

Jones: Are drones a viable alternative to the F-35?

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May 28, 2012

Drones are proving a useful (if legally somewhat problematic) tool in counter-terrorism. F-35s and similar air assets have been a useful tool in defeating organized government forces (to wit, Qaddafi’s army.) These are not the same problem. Drones can substitute for some portion of what F-35s do, and the other way around is not true; […]

Jones: Was the first decade of the ICC a more just one?

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April 16, 2012

The past decade was one of the least violent in modern history. The number and level of civil wars in the world has continued it’s steady decline, while interstate war has remained at its steady, low levels. That that is true despite the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq makes it even more startling. That […]

Jones: Should the World Bank consider non-Americans for its next president?

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March 22, 2012

Should the Bank consider non-Americans for their President? Perhaps, but the issue isn’t as dire as the commentariat suppose. The argument for opening up the selection process follows two lines. First, international institutions should have access to the best possible talent, irrespective of nationality. Second, the emerging economies, newly influential on the world stage, deserve […]

Jones: Canada should “make it a national priority to ensure we have the capacity to export our energy products beyond the US, and specifically to Asia.” Agree?

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February 6, 2012

No. The international market for energy is expanding in multiple directions, and it’s a global market. Ultimately, it makes far less difference where Canada sells its energy, than at what price – and that’s driven by global demand, not specific markets. There’s a growing strand of energy nationalism, but it reflects deep misunderstandings of the […]

Jones: Canada should “make it a national priority to ensure we have the capacity to export our energy products beyond the US, and specifically to Asia.” Agree?

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February 6, 2012

No. The international market for energy is expanding in multiple directions, and it’s a global market. Ultimately, it makes far less difference where Canada sells its energy, than at what price – and that’s driven by global demand, not specific markets. There’s a growing strand of energy nationalism, but it reflects deep misunderstandings of the […]

Jones: Is North America dead?

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January 30, 2012

One of the growing fallacies of the emerging international order is that it’s all about the regions. (See Ian Bremmer, and Nadar Mousavizadeh.) Really? So why was NATO involved in Libya? Why is China threatening Iran on the Straits of Hormuz? Why hasn’t the Arab League solved Syria? Why does Europe – of all places […]

Jones: What was Canada’s best international moment of 2011?

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December 26, 2011

Commanding NATO’s operations in Libya, under a UN Security Council mandate for the responsibility to protect, from the end of March 2011 onwards. There were lots of mistakes made in NATO’s management of this mandate. Notably, having been given the mandate by the UNSC, a total failure to keep informed or consult with the non-NATO […]

Jones: How can the G20 help save the euro zone?

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November 7, 2011

It’s sad but true that Europe seems to act most effectively when under pressure from outside forces. The analog is the way that IMF governance reform was handled. Everyone involved knew that the goal was to give the emerging economies more seats on the Board; and that to make that happen, Europe had to give […]

Jones: Could the spread of information via digital media reduce mass atrocities?

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October 31, 2011

Yes; or make them worse. Most technologies are content free. The history of media – especially widely distributed media – is that it can power social forces both good and ill. Political entrepreneurs will race to use them for mobilization – whether for social justice, or mass atrocity, remains to be seen. Radio, for example, was […]

Jones: Is Jean Monnet’s dream for Europe ending in nightmare?

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October 3, 2011

No. It has often taken crises to cause Europe to lurch ahead, often inelegantly. The Eurozone crisis is no exception. What’s the main reaction of Europe’s financial and political elites to the threat of potential unraveling? Not a retreat to nationalism. Rather, a proposal for deeper fiscal union. It’s too early to tell whether Europe’s […]

Jones: What’s the ultimate objective of Harper’s softer stance on China?

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July 25, 2011

Selling Canadian goods and services to the Chinese market. Along with every western country out there. He’s right, for two reasons. First, although we don’t know exactly what produces change in authoritarian states, there’s good evidence that free trade and integration to the global economy helps. China is grappling with the question of how to […]

Jones: What issue should John Baird prioritize?

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June 21, 2011

I’m a Canadian living between New York and Washington, where I work with the UN, Brookings and NYU. I track foreign policy issues from Afghanistan to the Arab Spring to the rise of new powers. So perhaps it’s a worrying sign for Canadian foreign policy that when I saw this week’s question, “What issue should John […]