Gerrit Kurtz

Gerrit Kurtz

Research Associate

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Gerrit Kurtz is a research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) and a PhD student at King’s College London, where his research focuses on the contribution of foreign diplomats to the prevention of civil wars. His main areas of interest are global security governance, including peacekeeping, sanctions and mass atrocity prevention, as well as the diffusion of international norms, European and Indian foreign policy and the conflict in Sri Lanka.

Between 2012 to 2015, Gerrit worked on the research project Global Norm Evolution and the Responsibility to Protect, which brought together partners from Brazil, China, India and Europe. In addition, he conducted field research on local conflict management by the UN Mission in South Sudan, and on bureaucratic efforts to improve the UN system’s human rights capacities. He is a co-author of Protection and Responsibility: An Analysis of US Foreign Policy to Prevent Mass Atrocities, a study commissioned by the Heinrich Böll Foundation that proposes recommendations to German policymakers. His commentary has appeared in, among others, The Hindu, ZEIT Online and Frankfurter Rundschau. 

Before joining GPPi, Gerrit was a research fellow for the chair of international organizations and public policy at the University of Potsdam. His professional experience also includes internships at the German Bundestag and at the German embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Before this, he was a fellow with the Carlo Schmid Programme at the United Nations Security Council Affairs Division in the Department of Political Affairs, where he worked for a UN sanctions committee. 

For several years, Gerrit has been actively involved in the German UN Association (DGVN). He established a working group on young UN research, which brings together young academics in the field of UN studies through annual research colloquia, informal events and a blog about UN affairs

Gerrit earned a master’s degree in international relations through a joint program from the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt-Universität Berlin and the University of Potsdam. He holds a bachelor’s degree in governance and public policy from the University of Passau and spent two semesters at Sciences Po Grenoble. Gerrit has received scholarships from the German National Academic Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), ​the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK​.

Languages: English, German, French

Recent Publications

Policy Paper 07 March 2016

Protecting Civilians Through UN Peace Operations

by Gerrit Kurtz, Philipp Rotmann
GPPi

Article 05 November 2015

The Evolution of Norms of Protection

by Gerrit Kurtz, Philipp Rotmann
Global Society

Article 05 November 2015

International Responsibility as Solidarity

by C.S.R. Murthy, Gerrit Kurtz
Global Society

Article 05 November 2015

Protection in Peril: Counterterrorism Discourse and International Engagement in Sri Lanka in 2009

by Gerrit Kurtz, J. Madhan Mohan
Global Society

Commentary 26 September 2015

What German Diplomacy Owes Sri Lanka

by Gerrit Kurtz
GPPi

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