Philipp Rotmann


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Philipp Rotmann is a director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where he leads the work on peace and security. His interests include how to better anticipate, prevent and reduce mass violence, including through peace operations, stabilization programs, improving security governance, monitoring and evaluation, and how Germany and the European Union could contribute more effectively to these efforts. His latest book is Krieg vor der Haustür: Die Gewalt in Europas Nachbarschaft und was wir dagegen tun können, written with Sarah Brockmeier. He is a member of the German Federal Foreign Office’s independent evaluation panel and co-directs GPPi’s PeaceLab project.

Philipp served as a senior political adviser with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, worked in the German Federal Foreign Office on the Afghanistan-Pakistan task force, contributed as a consultant to the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations, and collaborated with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Previously, he developed web applications and co-managed a small IT company.

Philipp has been a guest on a number of German and international television programs, including Al Jazeera, the BBC and ZDF. His commentary has appeared in a wide array of news outlets, such as the International New York Times, Project Syndicate and DIE WELT. Additional publications include Changing Security Governance: Lessons for External Support (2018), Stabilization: Doctrine, Organization and Practice (2014), and The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace? (Oxford University Press, 2011). 

Philipp studied economics, political science and law for his bachelor’s degree in Erfurt and Essex, and international relations for his master’s degree in in Berlin and Potsdam. From 2008 to 2010, he was a McCloy Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master’s degree in public administration. His studies were supported by scholarships from Harvard University, the German National Academic Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Haniel Foundation.

Areas of Expertise

Peace & Security
Conflict Prevention
Atrocity Prevention
Peace Operations
United Nations


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