Mario Schulz

Mario Schulz

Research Associate

Mario Schulz is a part-time research associate at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, contributing to the institute’s work on peace and security. He currently examines local, hybrid, and sub-state forces in Iraq, and has previously contributed to a project on Germany’s crisis prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding policies. His commentary on German defence policy appeared in War on the Rocks and Der Tagesspiegel.

Mario 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

Recent Publications

Commentary 28 March 2018

Germany in Iraq: Questions to Be Asked and Answered

by Mario Schulz

Commentary 23 March 2018

Irak-Mandat: Transparenz schafft Vertrauen

by Mario Schulz
PeaceLab Blog

Report 13 September 2017

Iraq after ISIL: Baiji

by András Derzsi-Horváth, Mario Schulz, Hana Nasser

Commentary 13 August 2017

Ohne Helden geht es nicht

by Mario Schulz

Report 26 July 2017

PeaceLab2016: A Fresh Look at Crisis Prevention

by Sarah Brockmeier, Aurélie Domisse, Philipp Rotmann, Mario Schulz

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