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Issue BriefSep 19, 2023
Less freedom, weaker states, more conflict: can that cycle be broken?
By Patrick W. Quirk and Owen L. Myers
Why and how advancing freedom (political, economic, and judicial components) is the surest way to advance sustainable stability and associated prosperity.
ReportJun 29, 2023
Maximizing US foreign aid for strategic competition
By Patrick Quirk, Caitlin Dearing Scott
A fully developed strategy for using foreign aid across all sectors—economic, education, security assistance, and democracy support—can provide critical reinforcement to the military and economic pillars of strategic competition.
In the NewsMay 19, 2023
Quirk in Just Security on adapting the US strategy towards hybrid regimes
On May 17, Scowcroft Strategy Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick Quirk co-authored a piece for Just Security on the importance of developing a US strategy towards hybrid regimes that promotes US interests whilst remaining steadfast in the US' commitments to democratic values.
Patrick Quirk is a nonresident senior fellow with both the Atlantic Council’s Freedom and Prosperity Center and Scowcroft Strategy Initiative at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He also serves as Vice President for Strategy, Innovation, and Impact at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to supporting democracy worldwide.
Before joining IRI, Quirk served as a member of the US secretary of state’s Policy Planning Staff as the lead advisor for fragile states, conflict and stabilization, and foreign assistance. Prior to this role, he served in the US State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) as senior advisor for policy and strategy. In this capacity, he was the chief political scientist for, and a lead author of, the 2018 Stabilization Assistance Review; led the team that developed and institutionalized CSO’s approach to mitigate conflict surrounding elections and political transitions; and deployed to Myanmar, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, and Tunisia to work on conflict prevention efforts.
Prior to his government service, Quirk served as a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program of the Brookings Institution, a research fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and a senior manager at Creative Associates International.
Quirk is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, teaching courses on stabilization operations and political violence. He earned a BA in history from Bates College and a PhD in political science from Johns Hopkins University.