Our Authors

Fouzieh Melanie Alamir

Fouzieh Melanie Alamir has been working on defence, security and peacebuilding issues for many years. After stations in academia, the German Ministry for Defence, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, and the private enterprise IABG she has begun work as a self-employed consultant.

Her practical experience covers Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, and Ghana among others, she has published numerous articles.


Ute Lange

Ute Lange is Head of Corporate Communications at ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL – Service for Development Initiatives in Bonn. She previously worked for InWEnt- Capacity Building International and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Ute studied Scandinavian and English Studies in Bonn, Munich and Berlin, after which she worked as the Assistant to the “Washington Post’s” Germany Correspondent in Berlin from 1991 to 1994. She then interned at the “Tagesspiegel” in Berlin, working as an editor for foreign and security policy with a focus on German military policy. She was also an editor for security policy at "Intr@net aktuell", the German Bundeswehr’s central internal online media, and headed up the Distance Learning Congress project at Helmut Schmidt University / the University of the Bundeswehr Hamburg.

Additional roles over the course of her career: Press Relations Officer IHK Flensburg, Press Relations Officer FH Westküste, reporter for “The Californian” in Salina, California, Assistant to the Board of the “Expert Commission on University Structure in Schleswig-Holstein”.

Ute volunteers her time at "Women in International Security Germany - WIIS.de", a foundation that promotes women in foreign and security policy.


Laura Cwiertnia

Laura Cwiertnia works as a freelance journalist mainly for the German weekly DIE ZEIT and ZEIT Campus. She is Head of the Economics, Society and Politics Department at Matices – Zeitschrift zu Lateinamerika, Spanien und Portugal (Magazine on Latin America, Spain and Portugal). Laura holds a degree in Regional Studies on Latin America from the University of Köln.


Hamza Khalid Randhawa

Hamza Khalid Randhawa is an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan and was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2008 by the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn.

He was appointed the Executive Director of the Research Society of International Law Pakistan, RSIL, in May 2011. Prior to this appointment, he worked as a Research Fellow at RSIL since 2006. His main research and teaching interests are in the areas of public international law relating to human rights, humanitarian law, refugee law and nuclear law.

He has undertaken consultancy and opinion work for State and Sub-State entities including the Ministries of Law, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Education, Defense, National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

In addition, Hamza Randhawa has remained actively involved in providing input by way of legislative drafting and opinions to ensure Pakistan's compliance to its commitments under various international treaties and conventions.


Comfort Ero

Comfort Ero, as Crisis Group's Africa Program Director, oversees the organisation's work in West, Central, Southern and Horn of Africa.

She first joined the organisation in 2001 as West Africa Project Director, before serving for three years as the Political Affairs Officer and Policy Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General in Liberia.

Prior to Crisis Group, she was Deputy Director of the Africa Program at the International Center for Transitional Justice.


Eric Gutierrez

Eric Gutierrez works as a Senior Adviser on Accountable Governance at Christian Aid.

Previously he worked for ActionAid and WaterAid and as a consultant, i.a. for Transparecy International. Eric holds a degree in Economics and Politics from University of the Philippines (Diliman) and in Social and Political Theory from University of London.

He published widely on economic and social issues, covering especially violence and conflict and water and sanitation.


Jörn Grävingholt

Jörn Grävingholt is Political Scientist and Senior Researcher at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) in Bonn.

His research focuses on external support to fragile states and on the politics of governance interventions. He is currently member of the Advisory Council for Civilian Crisis Prevention to the German Federal Government.

Previously, Jörn Grävingholt assumed numerous appointments to EU and OSCE election monitoring missions and election analysis projects in Russia. He has been research fellow at the Federal Institute for East European and International Studies in Cologne, Germany.


Claudia Hofmann

Claudia Hofmann is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, in Washington, DC.

After completing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Cologne she worked as a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin.


Jan Pospisil

Jan Pospisil is an Affiliated Researcher at oiip – the Austrian Institute for International Policy and Assistant Professor for International Relations and Political Theory at the Institute for Political Science at the University of Vienna.

Since 2004 he has been working on links between the security and development complexes along with questions of fragility and armed conflicts in the periphery. His regional focal points include East Africa (Sudan and Uganda in particular) and Sri Lanka.


Clara Schmitz-Pranghe

Clara Schmitz-Pranghe holds a diploma in Regional Sciences of Latin America from Cologne University, where she studied political sciences, economics, Ibero- and Latin American history and Spanish.

She is currently working with the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). Clara's recent research has focussed on security sector governance and commercial security provision in developing countries. Other research interests include migration and diaspora engagement.


Eva-Maria Verfürth

Eva-Maria Verfürth is a freelance journalist and PR-consultant who specialises in development cooperation. She worked as a freelance editor of Digital Development Debates from 2011 to 2013.

Previously, Eva-Maria worked in the communications department of InWEnt - Capacity Building International, Germany, and was editor in chief of matices, a German magazine on Latin America.

Eva-Maria holds a masters degree in Latin American Studies from University of Köln.


Daniela Späth

Daniela Späth holds a degree in Media and Communication from University of Augsburg.

She worked for several newspapers and TV stations (ZDF, Deutsche Welle and others). Currently she is finishing her masters degree "Journalism, Media und Globalisation"/"War and Conflict" at the University of Arhus, Denmark and the University of Swansea, UK.


Joy Ngozi Ezeilo

Dr. (Chief) Joy Ngozi Ezeilo is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. She is a human rights lawyer and a professor at the University of Nigeria.

She has served the Nigerian government in various capacities, including as Honourable Commissioner for the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Enugu state and as a Delegate to the National Political Reform Conference. She has consulted for various international organizations and is also involved in several NGOs, particularly as Founding Director of WomenAid Collective (WACOL), working on women's rights and democratic governance.

Joy Ngozi Ezeilo has published extensively on a variety of topics in the field of law, gender, human rights, peace and conflict resolution. Furthermore, she has received several prestigious national and international awards.

In 1999, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo was a Fellow-in-Residence at the Humanities Research Institute, University of California, Irvine, and in 2001 she was invited to the University of California, Riverside, as a Regent Professor. She was conferred with a national Honour-Officer of the Order of Nigeria (OON) in 2006 in recognition of her outstanding contributions to nation building in the area of legal scholarship, advocacy, civil society movement and community service.


Marieke van Doorninck

Marieke van Doorninck is the Advisor for Public Affairs of the International La Strada Association, based in the Netherlands.

Apart from devising lobby and PR strategies at the international level and monitoring European, EU and UN developments in trafficking and human rights issues, she has a publishing record covering issues of trafficking, emancipation, sex work and migrants' rights.

Next to her work for La Strada International, Marieke van Doorninck is member of the city council of Amsterdam, representing the Green Party.


Judith Torrea

Judith Torrea is a journalist who specialises in drug trafficking, organised crime and migration policies. She is author of the blog: "Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico" that reports on the drug war in the Mexican town Ciudad Juárez.

Judith Torrea has worked for several US-American media as Univision Online and the Texas Observer, as well as for Mexican, Peruvian and European media houses.

For her blog, she has received several journalism awards in the U.S., France and Spain. Among them figure the Premio Ortega y Gasset 2010 on digital journalism and the Deutsche Welle / Reporters Without Borders Best of Blogs Award.


Benoît Hervieu

Benoît Hervieu has headed the Americas Desk of Reporters Without Borders since February 2005.

He is a graduate from the Paris school of journalism and has worked for several regional and national media, including the weekly *Réforme* and public radio *France Culture*.

Benoît, who is a long-term Latin-America enthusiast, has made several trips throughout almost all of South America. He has reported on coca growers in Bolivia, the crisis in Argentina, the new evangelical movements in Brazil and the history of the dictatorships in the Condor Plan countries.


David C. Martínez-Amador

David C. Martínez-Amador, is a college professor and former Fulbright-Laspau recipient.

He teaches the history of the mafia in different universities in Central America. He has travelled extensively throughout Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica identifying the characteristics of the ritualistic violence produced by Mexican organized crime organizations.


Clementine Burnley

Clementine Burnley works as a senior project manager for Adelphi.

Her work focuses on natural resources governance and conflict early warning. Her area of expertise includes environmental security. As a private consultant, she has worked on several projects to derive indicators of environmental status from a combination of earth observation and ancillary data.

She is author of several peer-reviewed papers, as well as numerous reports.


Erica Gies

Erica Gies is a freelance environmental reporter who lives in San Francisco.

Her work appears in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, Wired News, Grist, World Watch magazine, KALW radio, and other outlets. In 10 years on the environment beat, Erica Gies has covered energy, water, climate policy, green business, green building and urban planning, waste, ecosystem biology, and more.

She holds a masters degree in literature from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor in English and journalism from Northern Arizona University.


Michael Brzoska

Michael Brzoska is Director of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Hamburg, Germany.

He is Chair of the Council of the German Foundation for Peace Research and Principal Investigator in the CLISAP (Climate System Analysis and Prediction) excellence cluster of research at the University of Hamburg.

He has published widely on economic and political issues related to armed conflicts, arms production and trade, military spending, security policy and sanctions.

He holds a degree in economics and political science.


Athina Karatzogianni

Athina Karatzogianni holds a PhD degree in Politics from University of Nottingham and a Masters degree in International Conflict analysis from Kent University.

She is a lecturer at the University of Hull and published widely on economic and political issue, especially related to cyber conflict.


Anna-Maria Talihärm

Anna-Maria Talihärm holds an LLM degree in Information Technology Law from Stockholm University and is working towards a law PhD at Tartu University, Estonia. She is currently researching international legal cooperation on cyber security at Waseda University, Tokyo.

Previously she worked for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCD COE) in the Legal and Policy Branch, where her areas of research included European Union information society law, cyber terrorism and cyber crime.


Jerry Sommer

Jerry Sommer studied history and political science in Hamburg. He works as a Research Associate at the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC). His many publications include work on security perception on Cyprus, the military budget for Greece and the nuclear conflict with Iran for the BICC.

He also works as a freelance journalist for German media (including WDR Radio, NDR Radio, Deutschlandfunk, Tageszeitung, The Atlantic Times) on topics of international security/armament policy and European politics.


Matthias Leese

Matthias Leese studied Political Sciences in Hamburg and Freiburg, Germany. He works as a Research Associate at the International Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) at the University of Tübingen, Germany.

He is a doctoral candidate at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tübingen.


Sven Scheid

Sven Scheid works as a Senior Policy Advisor at Genocide Alert. Further, he works a research associate at the University of Köln, Germany.

Sven Scheid's experience covers issues of international human rights protection as well as peace and conflict, with a regional focus on African countries.

Previously, he worked for the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Human Rights Watch and InWEnt.


Detlef Puhl

Detlef Puhl is Senior Advisor to the NATO Deputy Secretary General on newly emerging security threats.

From 2008 to 2011 he was Vice Director of the "Délégation aux Affaires Stratégiques" of the French Ministry of Defence in Paris. He was a spokesperson for the German Ministry of Defence from 1998 to 2001.

He has also served as Deputy Head of Faculty at the "College for International and Security Studies" at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and worked as expert on security issues for the daily "Stuttgarter Zeitung".