Patrick Quirk, Ph.D. (@patrickwquirk) serves as Senior Director for Strategy, Research, and the Center for Global Impact at the International Republican Institute (IRI). In this role, he manages the team of thematic experts, researchers, and global project staff who help IRI monitor and develop innovative approaches to address emerging trends and challenges. Concurrent to serving at IRI, Quirk is a Nonresident Fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. Previously, Dr. Quirk served on the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning (S/P) staff in the Department of State as the lead advisor for fragile states, conflict and stabilization, and foreign assistance. Prior to Policy Planning, he served in State’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 and led the team that conceptualized and institutionalized CSO’s approach to mitigate conflict surrounding high-priority elections and political transitions. Quirk is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He earned a B.A. in History from Bates College and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.