Areas of Expertise

  • Civilian stabilization and crisis prevention
  • Small arms and light weapons control
  • Organized crime in (post-)conflict contexts

Languages

German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, French

Johanna Kleffmann has been a research fellow in DGAP’s Security and Defence Program since April 2022. She works on a project on civilian stabilization and crisis prevention. 

Previously, Kleffmann served as an advisor at the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC) where – together with regional and national partners in Sub-Saharan Africa – she worked on policies and capacity building in the field of small arms control. Prior to that, she worked at the Berlin-based think tank adelphi, for the NGO Crisis Simulation for Peace, and the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research (HIIK) on topics such as conflict monitoring, peacebuilding, and natural resources in conflict contexts. She also has experience in international cooperation, for example through her work at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Mexico.

Kleffmann has a master's degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin and Universidad des los Andes, Bogotá, as well as a bachelor's degree in political science and human geography from the University of Heidelberg. For her master’s degree, she conducted field research in Colombia, analyzing organized crime as a challenge for practical peacebuilding efforts.

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