Philipp Rotmann

Associate Director

Philipp Rotmann is associate director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where he works on global security governance in a changing world. His most recent projects covered the global politics of protecting populations from mass atrocities, the conceptualization of stabilization, support to local conflict management by UN peace operations, and the politics of security sector reform. He currently focuses mostly on crisis early warning and early response, Germany’s engagement in crisis prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding, and innovative ways of monitoring and evaluating such programs.

He has served as a senior political adviser with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. He has also worked in the German Federal Foreign Office on the Afghanistan-Pakistan task force and as a consultant to the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations. Prior to joining GPPi in 2005, Philipp briefly served with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and helped run a small IT firm.

Philipp has been a guest on Al Jazeera, the BBC, and Channel 4 News, and his commentaries have been published in the International New York Times, Project Syndicate, DIE WELT, and Frankfurter Rundschau, among others. His publications include Contesting and Shaping the Norms of Protection: the Evolution of a Responsibility to Protect (a special issue of Global Society, 2016), Major Powers and the Contested Evolution of a Responsibility to Protect (a special issue of Conflict, Security and Development, 2014), Stabilization: Doctrine, Organization and Practice (GPPi, 2014), and The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace? (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Philipp studied economics, political science, and law at the University of Erfurt, where he received his bachelor's degree, and the University of Essex. For his master's degree, he studied international relations at Humboldt University in Berlin, the Free University in Berlin, and the University of 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.

Recent Publications

Report 13 April 2018

Changing Security Governance: Lessons for External Support

by Sarah Brockmeier, Philipp Rotmann

Article 13 March 2018

Germany’s Politics and Bureaucracy for Preventing Atrocities

by Sarah Brockmeier, Philipp Rotmann
Genocide Studies and Prevention

Commentary 08 March 2018

Why German Foreign Ministers Need to Be More Like Jim Mattis

by Philipp Rotmann

Commentary 28 February 2018

Für eine ehrliche Außenpolitik

by Philipp Rotmann
Frankfurter Rundschau

Article 06 February 2018

Munich Security Conference: A Marketplace of Order?

by Philipp Rotmann

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