Dirk Druet is a researcher, policy adviser and former official in international peace and security pillar of the United Nations. He is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Brian Urquhart Center for Peace Operations of the International Peace Institute and an Affiliate Researcher at McGill University’s Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, where he has lead research initiative on intelligence, protection and conflict protection in multilateral peace operations and fragile state. Dirk advises a number of research and policy institutions and in 2020 was a member of an independent team undertaking a strategic review of civilian protection in United Nations peacekeeping operations mandated by the Secretary-General. Dirk has served as a member of the Policy Planning Teams of the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs in New York, where he advised on conflict prevention, political strategy and conflict analysis, and the UN Department of Peace Operations, where he led initiatives on intelligence, technology and innovation, and asymmetric operating environments. He has served with UN field operations in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan and Rwanda.
Degrees M.A., Political Science, University of Toronto, 2006 B.A. (Honours), Political Science and History, Carleton University, 2005.
Peace Operations at the Intersection of Health Emergencies and Violent Conflict: Lessons from the 2018-20 DRC Ebola Crisis, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2022.
Digital Technology for Integrated Situational Awareness and Peacekeeping Intelligence, UN Department of Peace Operations, 2021.
United Nations Special Political Missions and Protection: A Principled Approach for Research and Policymaking, International Peace Institute, 2021.