Dr. Gerrit Kurtz

Research Fellow, German and European Foreign and Security Policy, Program Security, Defense, and Armaments in Africa

Areas of Expertise

  • German and European Africa Policy
  • United Nations
  • Conflict Prevention
  • UN Peace Operations
  • East Africa and Horn of Africa (South Sudan, Sudan)
  • South Asia (India and Sri Lanka)


German, English, French


Phone: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-39
Fax: +49 (0)30 25 42 31-16
Email: kurtz@dgap.org

Dr Gerrit Kurtz joined DGAP as a Research Fellow for German and European foreign and security policy in Africa in September 2019.

He previously worked on the evolution of norms of protection of civilians in a changing global order and advised UN peace operations on local conflict management as a Research Associate at the Global Public Policy Institute. As a visiting research fellow, he spent time in Oslo, Juba, Colombo, and New Delhi. Kurtz completed his PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, with a thesis on frontline diplomatic practices and conflict prevention in state-society conflicts.

He holds an MA in International Relations from Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität Berlin and Universität Potsdam.



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Selected Publications

Enhancing Germany’s Conflict Prevention Strategies
by Gerrit Kurtz
Berlin Policy Journal, October 22, 2019
Enhancing Germany’s Conflict Prevention Strategies
The German government’s three new prevention strategies set high conceptual standards. In order to be effective, they need more focus, specificity and greater attention to the growing demands on embassy staff.
Peace in South Sudan
Don’t Repeat the Same Mistakes
by Gerrit Kurtz
DGAPviewpoint 29 (October 2019), 3 pp.
Peace in South Sudan
Germany should advocate in the UN Security Council for a course correction on the international approach to peace in South Sudan. If high-level mediation, addressing impunity, and grassroots reconciliation are not prioritized, international pressure to form a transitional government by November 12, 2019, is likely to lead to renewed violence.
Category: Peace-Keeping, United Nations, South Sudan