Marina Caparini

Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)


  • Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (since 2016)
  • Senior Research Associate, Institute for Security Studies, and Consultant, NUPI (2014-2016)
  • Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Head, Peace Operations and Peacebuilding Group. Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, Norway (2010 - 2014)
  • Deputy Head, Security System Reform Programme. International Center for Transitional Justice, New York, USA (2008 - 2009)
  • Senior Fellow, Research. Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Geneva, Switzerland (2001 - 2007)
  •  Consultant on security governance for various intergovernmental, state and non-governmental actors including the European External Action Service; INL Division, US Dept of State; UNDP; Swiss Ministry of Justice; Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Council of Europe; Commonwealth Secretariat; Canadian Department of National Defence; Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs 


  • Security sector reform, peace operations, peacebuilding and governance in transitional and post-conflict environments


  • PhD (War Studies), King’s College, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Masters of Arts (International Relations), University of Calgary, Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), First Class Honours, University of Calgary


  • 'UN Police in Conflict Prevention', SIPRI Discussion Paper, 2018. 
  • ‘Armed Conflict in the Americas’ (with J. Alvarado Cóbar), SIPRI Yearbook 2018 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • ‘Sustaining Peace and Sustainable Development in Dangerous Places’ (with G. Milante, E. Bjerten Gunther, and Y. Jung), SIPRI Yearbook 2017 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
  • ‘Challenges to Contemporary Peace Support Operations in Africa’, Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, Vol. 17, No. 2 (2016): 19-49.
  • ‘Human Trafficking and Organized Crime’ in Trafficking in Human Beings: Learning from Asian and European Experiences, Wilhelm Hofmeister and Patrick Rueppel, eds., Singapore and Brussels: Konrad-Adenauer Foundation and European Union, 2014
  • ‘Comparing the democratization of intelligence governance in East Central Europe and the Balkans’ in Intelligence and National Security, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2014
  • Extending State Authority in Liberia: the Gbarnga Justice and Security Hub, NUPI Report No. 5 (Oslo: Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, June 2014)
  • ‘Ensuring Long-term Protection: Justice and Security Sector Reform and Displacement’ in Roger Duthie, ed., Transitional Justice and Displacement. New York: Social Science Research Council, 2012
  • Private Military and Security Companies: Ethics, Policies and Civil–Military Relations, edited by Andrew Alexandra, Deane-Peter Baker and Marina Caparini. London: Routledge, 2008. Re-issued in paperback in 2009
  • ‘Domestic Regulation: Licensing Regimes for the Export of Military Goods and Services’ in Simon Chesterman and Chia Lehnardt, eds., From Mercenaries to Market: the Rise and Regulation of Private Military Companies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007
  • Democratic Control of Intelligence Services: Containing Rogue Elephants, edited by Hans Born and Marina Caparini. Aldershot, England and Burlington Vermont: Ashgate, 2007
  • Borders and Security Governance: Managing Borders in a Globalised World, edited by Marina Caparini and Otwin Marenin. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2006
  • Civil Society and the Security Sector: Concepts and Practices in New Democracies, edited by Marina Caparini, Philipp Fluri and Ferenc Molnar. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2006
  • Civil–Military Relations in Europe: Learning from crisis and institutional change, edited by Hans Born, Marina Caparini, Karl W. Haltiner and Jürgen Kuhlmann. London: Routledge, 2006. Reissued in paperback 2009