Robert Blair is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University. His research focuses on international intervention and the consolidation of state authority after civil war, with an emphasis on rule of law and security institutions. He also directs the Democratic Erosion project, a multi-university consortium that addresses the causes and consequences of democratic deconsolidation through a combination of teaching, research and civic and policy engagement. He has conducted fieldwork on these and related topics in Colombia, Liberia, Uganda and Côte d'Ivoire. He has also worked in various capacities for the UN Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, the US Central Intelligence Agency’s Political Instability Task Force, USAID, Freedom House and the Small Arms Survey. He holds a B.A. from Brown and a Ph.D in political science from Yale University. His research is published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies and other venues. His book, Peacekeeping, Policing and the Rule of Law after Civil War, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.