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Robert Blair is an assistant professor of political science and international and public affairs at Brown University. His research focuses on international intervention and the consolidation of state authority after civil war, with an emphasis on rule of law and security institutions. He has conducted fieldwork on these and related topics in Colombia, Liberia, Uganda, and Côte d'Ivoire. He has also worked in various capacities for the UN Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, the Political Instability Task Force, Freedom House, and the Small Arms Survey. He holds a BA from Brown, an MSc in conflict studies from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, and a PhD in political science from Yale University. His research has been published in the American Political Science Review and other venues.