Mario Schulz is a research assistant at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, contributing to the institute’s work on peace and security. He is currently completing a master’s degree in international relations at Potsdam University, Humboldt University, and the Free University in Berlin, focusing on stabilization and governance in post-conflict zones, and other issues related to the security-development nexus. His studies are supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.
Prior to joining GPPi as an intern in July 2016, Mario served in the German military as a civil-military interaction analyst at an operational level headquarters, where he worked on non-military conflict dimensions in sub-Saharan Africa. He was awarded the Medal of Honor of the German Armed Forces (Ehrenmedaille der Bundeswehr) for exemplary service.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, geography, and public administration from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. While working on his bachelor’s degree, Mario carried out field research on security governance in Sierra Leone and Rwanda, conducting interviews with government and civil society representatives for a project that investigated normative dimensions of international security sector reform programs and their local implementation. He also worked as a teaching assistant at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Languages: English, German, French
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