Small Wars Journal

Robert Muggah


Robert Muggah co-founded the Igarapé Institute, a think and do tank working at the interface of security and development. He is also executive director of the SecDev Group, a digital risk group. He is a non-resident fellow or faculty at Singularity University, the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the University of British Columbia and the University of San Diego. Before that he directed research at the Small Arms Survey (2000-2011). Robert works with the Inter-American Development Bank, McKinsey´s, the United Nations and World Bank, among others, in over 30 countries. He is a regular contributor to the Guardian, Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and other media outlets.Robert is the author of eight books, including most recently (with Ian Goldin), Terra Incognita: 100 Maps to Survive the Next 100 Years (Penguin/Random House, 2020). He delivered talks at TED in 2017 and 2015, the Web Summit, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) in DavosDubai, Medellin and Geneva. He is the founder and executive editor of Stability Journal and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals. Robert is also affiliated with the WEF Council on Cities and Urbanization, the 2018 and 2019 Global Risk Report, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Know Violence in Childhood Initiative, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and other international networks. He earned his PhD from the University of Oxford. He can be contacted at


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