Thorsten Benner

Director

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Thorsten Benner is co-founder and director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. His areas of interest include international organizations (focusing on the United Nations), peace and security, data and technology politics, and the interplay of the US, Europe and non-Western powers in the making of global (dis)order. Prior to co-founding GPPi in 2003, he worked with the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, the UN Development Programme in New York, and the Global Public Policy Project in Washington, DC.

His commentary has appeared in DIE ZEIT, International New York Times, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Handelsblatt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among others. His publications include The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace? (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Critical Choices. The United Nations, Networks, and the Future of Global Governance (Ottawa, 2000).

Thorsten is an adjunct faculty member at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he has been involved since its founding in 2003. From 2011 to 2015, he worked with the founding team of the School of Public Policy at Central European University. He is a board member of Make.Org Foundation and a member of the advisory board of Zahnräder Netzwerk, a platform for Muslim social entrepreneurs.

He studied political science, history, and sociology at the University of Siegen (Germany), the University of York (UK), and the University of California at Berkeley. From 2001 to 2003, he was a McCloy Scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master's degree in public administration. He received scholarships from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the German National Academic Foundation.

Languages: German, English, French, Spanish

Recent Publications

Commentary 19 February 2018

Europe Needs to Step Up Vigilance on China’s Influence

by Thorsten Benner, Kristin Shi-Kupfer
Financial Times

Commentary 12 February 2018

Europa süßsauer

by Thorsten Benner, Kristin Shi-Kupfer
Tagesspiegel

Report 05 February 2018

Authoritarian Advance: Responding to China’s Growing Political Influence in Europe

by Thorsten Benner, Jan Gaspers, Mareike Ohlberg, Lucrezia Poggetti, Kristin Shi-Kupfer
GPPi & MERICS

Commentary 19 January 2018

Die Unschärfe der scharfen Macht

by Thorsten Benner
Tagesspiegel Causa

Commentary 22 December 2017

Der Weg zu neuen Strategien

by Thorsten Benner
Tagesspiegel Causa

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