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Stephen J. Stedman, PhD   Download vCard
Deputy Director of CDDRL; FSI Senior Fellow; CISAC Affiliated Faculty Member; Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science

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international organizations and global security; civil wars; mediation; conflict prevention; peacekeeping

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).

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Q&A: Stanford's Stephen Stedman on democracy's surge and the growing need for elections with integrity
Stanford political scientist Stephen Stedman is working with 12 big names in the diplomatic arena – including Kofi Annan and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright – to convince and remind developing and well-established nations why honest elections matter for democracy, security, human rights and development.
April 26, 2011 in Stanford Report

Resident fellows work to integrate residential living and learning
At upperclass Crothers, Stephen Stedman, senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and his wife, Corinne Thomas, ...
January 5, 2011 in Stanford Report

Crothers plans for first year as global citizenship dorm
Crothers Resident Fellows Stephen Stedman '79 MA '85 Ph.D. '88 and his wife, Corinne Thomas, successfully applied for Crothers to take on that theme.
September 21, 2010 in The Stanford Daily

The Mettle of Honors
"We look for diversity in our honors program at CISAC," said Stephen Stedman, a political science professor and a senior fellow at CISAC.
May 13, 2010 in The Stanford Daily