Vita

Cornelius Friesendorf is Head of the Centre for OSCE Research (CORE) and Senior Researcher at the IFSH. Before moving to Hamburg in 2018, he worked as Senior Advisor for an EU police reform support project in Myanmar, research associate at Goethe University Frankfurt and the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt, Fellow at the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, and in various functions for the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich, among other positions. He received his habilitation from Goethe University Frankfurt for a study of military interventions and his doctorate from the University of Zurich where his thesis examined US strategies against drug trafficking. Prior to this, he studied political science at the Free University Berlin, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and in Bristol and Göttingen.

Research Profile | Current Projects

In his academic research and policy work, Cornelius Friesendorf analyses a variety of security issues. The focus is on the practices, strategies, and challenges of international and transnational actors that support and reform the security sectors of conflict, post-conflict, and transition states, especially in the post-Soviet space. Together with Professor Ursula Schröder, he leads a project on foreign police assistance, which is funded by the German Research Foundation. Further topics relevant to the OSCE are conventional arms control, European security orders, human rights, and transnational risks, in particular human trafficking and drug trafficking. Cornelius is Coordinator of the OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions, which promotes collaboration among academics and analysts to further policy-relevant research on OSCE-relevant topics.

Selected Publications

  • Friesendorf, Cornelius. 2018.
    How Western Soldiers Fight: Organizational Routines in Multinational Missions.
    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Friesendorf, Cornelius. 2016.
    Police Assistance as Foreign Policy: Explaining Donor Practices.
    Review of International Studies 42 (2): 377-400. DOI: 10.1017/S0260210515000297.
  • Friesendorf, Cornelius. 2011.
    Paramilitarization and Security Sector Reform: The Afghan National Police.
    International Peacekeeping 18 (1): 79-95. DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2011.527517.
  • Daase, Christopher, Cornelius Friesendorf, ed. 2010.
    Rethinking Security Governance: The Problem of Unintended Consequences.
    Contemporary Security Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Daase, Christopher, Cornelius Friesendorf, ed. 2012.
    Rethinking Security Governance: The Problem of Unintended Consequences.
    Contemporary Security Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Friesendorf, Cornelius. 2007.
    US Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs: Displacing the Cocaine and Heroin Industry.
    CSS Studies in Security and International Relations. London: Routledge.
  • Friesendorf, Cornelius. 2015.
    US Foreign Policy and the War on Drugs: Displacing the Cocaine and Heroin Industry.
    CSS Studies in Security and International Relations. London: Routledge.