Philipp Rotmann

Associate Director

Gppi 180 Crop

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 recent projects covered the global politics of protecting populations from mass atrocities, UN peace operations, the politics of security sector reform, as well as Germany’s foreign and security policy, specifically crisis prevention and stabilization, and innovative ways of monitoring and evaluating such programs. Philipp is currently leading a new project on anticipating crises and linking early warning to effective prevention and response. 

He served as a senior political adviser with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan and 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’s latest book is Krieg vor der Haustür: Die Gewalt in Europas Nachbarschaft und was wir dagegen tun können” (with Sarah Brockmeier, Dietz). Philipp has been a guest on Al Jazeera, the BBC, ZDF and Deutsche Welle. His commentary has appeared in the International New York Times, Project Syndicate, DIE WELT, and Frankfurter Rundschau, among others. His publications include Changing Security Governance: Lessons for External Support (2018), In the Shadow of Syria: Assessing the Obama Administration’s Efforts on Mass Atrocity Prevention (2017), Stabilization: Doctrine, Organization and Practice (2014), and The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace? (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Philipp studied economics, political science, and law for his bachelor’s degree in Erfurt and Essex, and international relations for his master’s degree in in Berlin and 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.

Areas of Expertise

Monitoring & Evaluation
Peace & Security
Conflict Prevention
Atrocity Prevention
Peace Operations
United Nations


Featured Publications

Most Recent Publications by Philipp Rotmann