Bruce Jones

Brookings Institution

Bruce Jones is vice president and director of the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and a senior fellow in the Institution’s Project on International Order and Strategy. He is also a consulting professor at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University. Jones’ research expertise and policy experience is in international security. His current research focus is on U.S. strategy, international order, and great power relations. His most recent books on the topic are The Marshall Plan and the Shaping of American Strategy (Brookings Institution Press, 2017) and Still Ours to Lead: America, Rising Powers, and the Tension between Rivalry and Restraint (Brookings Institution Press, 2014). 

Jones has extensive experience and expertise in intervention and crisis management. He served in the United Nations’ operation in Kosovo and was special assistant to the U.N. special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. He is co-editor with Shepard Forman and Richard Gowan of Cooperating for Peace and Security (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and author of Peacemaking in Rwanda: The Dynamics of Failures (Lynne Reinner, 2001). He has also served in advisory positions for the U.S. State Department and the World Bank on fragile states, including as senior external advisor to the World Bank’s 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development.

Jones also has significant experience on multilateral institutions. He was a senior advisor to Kofi Annan on U.N. reform and served as deputy research director to the U.N.’s High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, as well as lead scholar for the International Task Force on Global Public Goods. 

He holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics, and he was the Hamburg fellow in conflict prevention at Stanford University.