Arthur Boutellis

Senior Advisor

Arthur Boutellis has extensive experience in Africa and the Middle East with: non-state armed groups; Security Sector Reform (SSR); Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR); mediation; preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE); and peace and stabilization operations.

Arthur also serves as non-resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), where he was Director of the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations, responsible for developing and managing IPI’s programs and research agenda in the area of peace and security (Peace Operations, Peacebuilding/Sustaining Peace, Prevention, Mediation, and Preventing Violent Extremism) from September 2015 to November 2017.

In addition to his work at IPI, Arthur has worked with the UN missions in Burundi (BINUB), Chad and the Central African Republic (MINURCAT), Haiti (MINUSTAH), and Mali (MINUSMA) where he supported the 2014-15 Mali peace negotiations as part of the UN Mediation Team. His prior work with humanitarian NGOs and think tanks focused on the Middle East and Africa.

He has published widely, regularly speaks at conferences and in the media, and teaches a graduate-level seminar at Columbia University. He holds a master’s degree in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques.

Regional Specialization

Africa and the Middle East

Thematic Specialization

Non-state armed groups, SSR/DDR, mediation, P/CVE.


French, English and Spanish.

Selected Publications