Marina Caparini

Senior Research Associate, Conflict Management & Peacebuilding Division, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa


  • Senior Research Associate, Conflict Management & Peacebuilding Division, Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa (since August 2014)
  • 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 international, 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 (since 2009)


  • Security sector reform 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


  • ‘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
  • ‘Controlling and Overseeing Intelligence Services in Democratic States’,inHans Born and Marina Caparini, eds., Democratic Control of Intelligence Services: Containing Rogue Elephants. 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
  •  Privatizing Security: Law, Practice and Governance of Private Military and Security Companies, Fred Schreier and Marina Caparini, DCAF Occasional Paper No. 6. Geneva: DCAF, 2005
  • Transforming Police in Central & Eastern Europe: Process and Progress, edited by Marina Caparini and Otwin Marenin. Münster: LIT Verlag, 2004
  •  Media in Security and Governance: The Role of the News Media in Security Oversight and Accountability, edited by Marina Caparini. Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2004