Steven A. Zyck

Senior Fellow

Steven A. Zyck is an expert in the security implications of governance and development interventions in fragile and conflict-affected countries.


He is currently an independent researcher, co-editor of Stability: International Journal of Security & Development and an associate of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit at the University of York, where he formerly served as a fellow and manager of applied research for several years. Steve has spent more than a decade working with a number of major international organizations, NGOs and governments. Most recently, he was the lead analyst at a NATO research centre, where he worked closely with the NATO Crisis Identification Group on considering non-traditional security threats and the security implications of weak governance and development challenges.

Steve’s work has focused on local governance, conflict management and livelihoods, particularly among demobilized combatants. He has consulted for a range of organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations World Food Programme, the International Organization for Migration, the Department for International Development, the World Bank, Islamic Relief, the Norwegian Refugee Council and many others in Yemen, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Bosnia-Herzegovina and elsewhere.

Such assignments included the leadership of the British government’s senior fellowship program on post-conflict security and justice sector reform as well as training sessions, studies, needs assessments and program evaluations.

Steve’s research has been published in numerous edited volumes, working paper series and journals, including Disasters; Conflict, Security & Development; Policy Studies and Third World Quarterly.