Stephen J. Stedman

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Stephen J. Stedman, PhD

  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Professor, by courtesy, of Political Science
  • Deputy Director at the Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law
  • Affiliated faculty at the Center for International Security and Cooperation
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Stephen Stedman is a Freeman Spogli senior fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and FSI, an affiliated faculty member at CISAC, and professor of political science (by courtesy) at Stanford University. 

In 2011-12 Professor Stedman served as the Director for the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy, and Security, a body of eminent persons tasked with developing recommendations on promoting and protecting the integrity of elections and international electoral assistance. The Commission is a joint project of the Kofi Annan Foundation and International IDEA, an intergovernmental organization that works on international democracy and electoral assistance. In 2003-04 Professor Stedman was Research Director of the United Nations High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change and was a principal drafter of the Panel’s report, A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility. In 2005 he served as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary- General of the United Nations, with responsibility for working with governments to adopt the Panel’s recommendations for strengthening collective security and for implementing changes within the United Nations Secretariat, including the creation of a Peacebuilding Support Office, a Counter Terrorism Task Force, and a Policy Committee to act as a cabinet to the Secretary-General.  His most recent book, with Bruce Jones and Carlos Pascual, is Power and Responsibility: Creating International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats (Washington DC: Brookings Institution, 2009).

In The News

Encina Hall and its front lawn

CDDRL's research community expands

CDDRL is pleased to welcome new (and returning) faculty, staff, pre and post-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars to our expanding research community for the 2011-12 academic year.

CISAC's Steve Stedman and Bruce Jones host Hillary Clinton for national security strategy discussion

Secretary of State Clinton spoke at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. May 27 on the administration's first National Security Strategy, a report submitted to Congress by each President to outline the intended U.S. response to major national security concerns. The Managing Global Insecurity project, led by CISAC's Stephen Stedman and Bruce Jones, helped organize the event.