Christian Patz, Florian Wätzel, AGSR Fellows

AICGS is pleased to welcome Christian Patz and Florian Wätzel as AICGS/GMF Fellows with the American-German Situation Room in Washington, DC, in January-February 2018.

Christian Patz is a researcher and currently serves as Interim Head in the Conflict Analysis and International Crisis Management Program at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK), where he focuses on German Foreign and Security Policy and the role of international and regional organizations in peace and security, with a special focus on crisis and conflict management in Africa. For his Ph.D. project he examines the prospects and pitfalls of UN cooperation with regional organizations as security providers, particularly in conflict-prone regions of Africa. During his fellowship, he will conduct interviews and background conversations with a variety of experts in the academic, think tank, and wider policy community in the U.S.

Florian Wätzel is a researcher at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, where he focuses on security affairs in the Middle East. He is currently working on a PhD project on the organizational dynamics of Jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria. During his fellowship, he will conduct interviews and engage in discussions with former diplomats, academics, and think tankers in Washington, DC, and New York City for his PhD research.

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Christian Patz

Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University

Christian Patz was a American-German Situation Room Fellow in January-February 2018.

He is a researcher and currently serves as Interim Head in the Conflict Analysis and International Crisis Management Program at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University (ISPK), where he focuses on German Foreign and Security Policy and the role of international and regional organizations in peace and security, with a special focus on crisis and conflict management in Africa. As part of a research project supported by the German Ministry of Defense, Mr. Patz is currently working on an assessment of Germany’s role in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Previously, he was a consultant at the Directorate-General (S) for Crisis Prevention, Stabilization and Post-Conflict Reconstruction for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammarbeit (GIZ).

Christian Patz received his MA in political science at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel. For his Ph.D. project he examines the prospects and pitfalls of UN cooperation with regional organizations as security providers, particularly in conflict-prone regions of Africa.

Florian Wätzel

Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University

Florian Wätzel was an AICGS-GMF Situation Room Fellow in January-February 2018.

Florian Wätzel is a researcher at the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, where he focuses on security affairs in the Middle East. Previously, he served as an analyst for a political risk consultant firm, supporting projects in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for clients from business, and the governmental and NGO sectors.

Florian Wätzel studied political science at Universities in Kiel and Copenhagen, and Arabic language in Damascus and Sana’a. He is currently working on a PhD project on the organizational dynamics of Jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria.