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)


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Dr. Gerrit Kurtz joined DGAP as a research fellow for conflict prevention and diplomacy 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 earned 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.


Dr. Gerrit Kurtz




Sechs Thesen auf dem Prüfstand

„There’s no glory in prevention“, heißt es in der Debatte um die Eindämmung der Corona-Pandemie oft: Mit Katastrophen, die nicht stattfinden, gewinnt man keine Wahlen. Nicht das einzige Problem, das auch denjenigen zu schaffen macht, die bewaffnete Konflikte verhindern wollen. Doch die Flucht in die Phrase wird da nicht helfen.

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