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May 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.

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Mar 28, 2023

Fostering a Fourth Democratic Wave: A playbook for countering the authoritarian threat

By Hardy Merriman, Patrick Quirk, Ash Jain

This report seeks to catalyze support for nonviolent pro-democracy movements fighting against authoritarian rule by proposing new approaches and tools to support civil resistance movements, advancing a new international norm — the “Right to Assist” pro-democracy movements — and developing strategic and tactical options to constrain authoritarian regimes.

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Feb 16, 2023

Quirk in The National Interest on strengthening democratic institutions

On February 15, Scowcroft Strategy Initiative Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick Quirk co-authored a piece for The National Interest on the importance of capitalizing on the Summit for Democracy to strengthen democratic institutions and political parties. Quirk goes on to provide three recommendations to reinforce political parties: support nascent political parties that emerge from pro-democracy protests, prioritize political party support, and cultivate the political and strategic skills of political parties and their leaders.

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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 senior director for strategy, research, and the Center for Global 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.