Judith Vorrath

Judith Vorrath is a senior associate in the international security division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). Her current focus is on the interrelation of statehood, violence and organized crime, and international approaches and instruments in addressing it, as well as other aspects of peace and security in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, she was a post-doctorate fellow at SWP, at the US Institute of Peace in Washington, DC, and the European Union Institute for Security Studies. Vorrath holds a Doctorate of Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

CSDP Compact: Reinventing EU Civilian Crisis Management?

In November, EU foreign ministers adopted the civilian CSDP Compact, but it falls short of putting EU civilian crisis management on a new footing.  With its 10 ongoing civilian and six military Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) missions, the European Union is engaged in zones of conflict and instability from the Horn of Africa and the Sahel to the Middle East and Eastern Europe. In... Continue Reading

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Transnational Organized Crime in West Africa

Organized crime in West Africa is more than a problem of terrorism and law enforcement. The crisis in Mali has sharpened European awareness of the dangers posed by transnational organized crime in West Africa. The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) set up in July 2013, will find itself confronted with the issue as well. But the problem of organized crime reaches far beyond the Sahel, and... Continue Reading

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