Richard Caplan is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford and an Official Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He has been a Specialist-Advisor to the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs in the UK House of Commons; a Research Associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), Editor of World Policy Journal, and New York Director of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). He has also served as a consultant to the United Nations and to various national governments, and as a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Fragile States.
Professor Caplan’s principal research interests are concerned with international organisations and conflict management, with a particular focus on post-conflict peace- and state-building. He is currently engaged in research into whether and how we can measure the robustness of peace. He is the author and editor of several books, including International Governance of War-torn Territories: Rule and Reconstruction (Oxford University Press), Europe and the Recognition of New States in Yugoslavia (Cambridge University Press), Exit Strategies and State Building (Oxford University Press), and The Measure of Peace (forthcoming).