Anna Schmauder is a non-resident fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. She is also an independent analyst and advisor specializing in qualitative and quantitative conflict research in the Sahel region. Her research interests include the hybridity of governance – in particular linkages between formal and informal (armed) governance actors, the political economy of conflict, and the impact of international interventions.
Previously, Anna worked as a research fellow with the Clingendael Institute, where she conducted policy-linked research and provided analyses on the intersection of violent conflict, governance and international stabilization interventions. Particularly, her research focused on the tri-border region of Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger – countries in which she works and travels frequently. Prior to joining Clingendael, Anna worked with the German Bundestag, International Crisis Group and the German Federal Foreign Office.
Based on her research, she regularly briefs and advises government stakeholders and implementing organizations such as GIZ, USAID and MINUSMA. Her commentary has appeared at BBC, France 24, Deutschlandfunk, and Deutsche Welle, among others.
Anna holds a dual master’s degree from Sciences Po Paris and the Free University in Berlin, where she specialized in security studies and international relations, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg. Anna is also a trained mediator.