Corinne Graff is a senior policy scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), where her work focuses on promoting effective, whole-of-government approaches to mitigating state fragility and conflict risk in developing countries. Prior to joining USIP, she served as a deputy assistant administrator for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  In this capacity, she oversaw Sudan and South Sudan programs and Africa Bureau efforts on countering violent extremism and security governance.

Prior to joining USAID she was director for development and democracy at the National Security Council, where she coordinated U.S. global development policy priorities, as well as crisis early warning and countering violent extremism.  From 2010-2013, she was a senior advisor to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (USUN), where her portfolio included sub-Saharan Africa and global development policy.

Before joining government, Dr. Graff was a fellow at the Brookings Institution where she co-edited a book on Confronting Poverty: Weak States and U.S. National Security (Brookings Press, 2010), co-directed a project leading to a report on education and extremism, and helped develop the Brookings Index of State Weakness in the Developing World.

She received a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Switzerland), and a B.A. from Smith College. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

Corinne’s Speaking Engagements

Four Famines: Fragility, Resilience, and the Role of International Development
CSIS Headquarters, September 6, 2017

Effective Strategies for Reducing Political Violence: New Evidence from Select Case Studies in Africa
CSIS Headquarters, November 30, 2016 

Publications By Corinne

Drought, Al-Shabab Threaten Somalia’s Recovery Plan

Drought, Al-Shabab Threaten Somalia’s Recovery Plan

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

By: Corinne Graff

Somalia is one of four countries, along with Yemen, South Sudan and Nigeria, threatened with famine this year. Drought and conflict have already pushed nearly 3 million Somalis—roughly the size of Chicago’s population--to the brink of starvation, an unimaginable scale of human suffering. Worse yet is that history could repeat itself—less than a decade ago, famine killed nearly 260,000 Somalis, half of them children under 5. But the situation is different this time in at least two important ways.

Fragility & Resilience; Economics & Environment

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