Professor Robert I. Rotberg is the Founding Director of Harvard Kennedy School's Program on Intrastate Conflict and President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Woodrow Wilson International Center. He is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. He was President of Lafayette College and Academic Vice-President of Tufts University and Professor of Political Science and History at M. I. T. before returning to Harvard University, where he had started his career.
Professor Rotberg is the author of Africa Emerges: Consummate Challenges, Abundant Opportunities (Cambridge, Polity, 2013), Transformative Political Leadership: Making a Difference in the Developing World (Chicago, Chicago, 2012), Governance and Leadership in Africa (Philadelphia, Mason Crest, 2007), Ending Autocracy, Enabling Democracy: The Tribulations of Southern Africa, 1960-2000 (Washington, D. C., Brookings Press, 2002), and a number of other publications.
His edited volumes include Strengthening Governance in South Africa: Building on Mandela's Legacy (Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2014), Mass Atrocity Crimes: Preventing Future Outrages (Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution Press, 2010), Corruption, Global Security, and World Order (Washington, D. C., Brookings Institution Press, 2009), China into Africa: Trade, Aid, and Influence (Washington, D. C., Brookings Institution Press, 2008), Worst of the Worst: Dealing with Repressive and Rogue Nations (Washington, D.C., Brookings Institution Press, 2007),When States Fail: Causes and Consequences (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2004).
He created the Index of African Governance and is the author of several articles on governance and leadership, the most recent in the May 2014 issue of the journal Governance.