I am concerned with global situations of conflict which lead to action of the International Community supporting, and promoting, lasting peace and reconciliation. My work relates to assisting the (re)establishment of institutions in the field of security, and the rule of law.
A vast field of my interest relates to the effects of trauma on individuals, and groups.
A retired senior police officer, my career began 1976 in Germany. For the last 20 years I have worked globally, for the United Nations, the European Union, and directly for the German Federal Foreign Office.
Until November 2017 I was the Police Adviser to the United Nations, and Director of the Police Division within the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
Currently I am the Senior Adviser to the German Federal Foreign Office on implementing roadmaps in the fight against Small Arms and Light Weapons. With such an initiaitve on the Western Balkans in full swing, I also support its application as a best practice in other regions of the World.
I also serve as an associated fellow to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, UNITAR, pro-bono.
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