Alex Hopkins

Research Associate

Protecting Civilians in Conflict, Transforming Conflict & Governance

Alex Hopkins is a Research Associate with the Global Governance program at the Stimson Center. His primary research areas for the program include UN peacekeeping and Congressional engagement on transnational security challenges.

As part of Stimson’s “Powering Peace” project, he is focused on mapping the UN’s use of energy in the field to better understand the potential effects of a shift to renewable energy.

Prior to joining Stimson, Alex was a Legislative Analyst at Williams & Jensen, PLLC focusing on energy and international affairs. He also previously interned with Stimson’s Protecting Civilians in Conflict program. He holds an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution from The George Washington University, and a B.A. in International Relations from The College of Wooster.


Aligning U.S. policy, values, and funding to meet international commitments, and deliver results from the multilateral system

Building bridges between NATO stakeholders and the expert community to act on the Alliance’s ambition to protect civilians with its operations around the world

Exploring how UN field missions can use renewable energy to improve effectiveness, save money, enhance security, and increase access to energy while mitigating climate change

Sharing knowledge and resources to strengthen policymakers’ and practitioners’ commitment and capacity to prevent atrocities around the world.

Research & Writing
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Protecting Those Who Protect

Renewables in UN peace operations can increase safety and security for peacekeepers by decreasing risks to vulnerable supply convoys

Project Note
Looking Back at 2020: APSG Meetings and Featured Speakers

Amidst a challenging year, the Atrocity Prevention Study Group grew and continued to highlight important atrocity prevention issues

Shifting Power: Transitioning to Renewable Energy in United Nations Peace Operations

Examining the renewable energy future of UN peace operations to enhance missions, meet climate goals, and benefit host communities

Making the Case for Multilateralism

An interview with Alex Hopkins

Working Paper
Shifting Power: Transitioning to Renewable Energy in United Nations Field Missions

Executive Summary In his closing remarks at the 2019 United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit, UN Secretary-General (SG) António Guterres committed the UN Secretariat to slashing its carbon emissions and dramatically increasing its use of renewable en…

Renewable Energy & UN Peacekeeping: Untapped Potential in the DRC

The report examines ongoing efforts by international actors in the DRC to boost the share of renewable sources of energy; articulates the benefits of increasing diesel-to-renewable energy transitions for both the operations and the host country; details viable opportunities and potential challenges for implementing such transitions; and recommends next steps.

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