Mario Schulz

Research Associate

Mario Schulz

Mario Schulz is a 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 joint master’s degree in international relations at Potsdam, Humboldt, and Free University Berlin, for which he spent a semester at Sciences Po Paris. He focuses 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

Areas of Expertise

Peace & Security
German Foreign Policy
Civil-Military Relations


Featured Publications

Most Recent Publications by Mario Schulz