International security, civil-military relations, defence economics, EU-NATO, counterterrorism, global governance, research methods.
Background & Qualification
Before joining IICRR, Cornelia was pre-doctoral fellow of the ZEIT-Stiftung Hamburg and worked as a Risk Analyst at a security management company in Konstanz, Germany, where she focused her work on armed conflict and political instability in Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Cornelia studied Politics and European Studies in Germany, India and Romania and completed an internship at the Terrorism Prevention Branch, United Nations. In 2013, she was awarded with the VEUK Prize for the best MA degree at the University of Konstanz. Cornelia conducted numerous projects fostering international dialogue and cooperation in her position as president of the Association des Etats Généraux des Etudiants de l’Europe in Konstanz. Cornelia’s most recent research focuses on the EU-NATO defence cooperation, civil-military relations and international governance.
Determinants and Strategies of Civil-Military Interaction in Democratic Security Governance. A Case Study of Pakistan.
Achieving democratic security governance in transitional countries affected by complex insecurities is one of the main objectives of the European Union’s foreign security and defence policy. International organisations and donors sponsor non-government organisations (NGOs) in developing countries to stimulate democratic institutional change and transformation. Hitherto, few studies have analysed the effects of NGOs in democratising security governance in transitional countries, with insecure environments. This doctoral project attempts to fill a crucial gap in the field of democratic security and global governance. Applying theories of hybrid security and a case study methodology, this research analyses civil-military interaction in Pakistan. It tests the effects of NGOs on democratic security governance and identifies determinants and strategies which impact on their success or failure. The findings inform the EU’s Global Security Strategy about mechanisms promoting democratic security and societal resilience in fragile countries, affected by multiple insecurities and advance theories of hybrid security and democratic civil-military relations.
Most Recent Publications:
“How Much Military Is Enough? An Analysis of Strategic Defence Trends in EU and NATO”, Green European Journal, August 2017 [ Online ]
“The Soldier and the State 2.0. Security Sector Reform and Civil-Military Relations”, International Security Sector Advisory Team, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, September 2017 [ Online ]
“Pakistan’s PM Steps Down: What Next? Implications For Country’s Economy and Security, Eurasia Review, July 2017 [ Online ].
IPSA RC44 International Conference on Military and Democratisation, in Christchurch, New Zeeland, July 2017 – The presented paper focused on the role of armed forces in democratization and security [Online }
International Conference on Post-Conflict Rehabilitation, in Islamabad, Pakistan, November 2015 – The presented paper focused on NGO participation in democratic counterterrorism and counter-radicalisation strategies [ Online }
International Conference on Asian Studies in Niigata, Japan, June 2015 – The presented paper evaluated conflict resolution and peacebuilding mechanisms implemented by civil society [ Online ].
Module ‘Introduction to Research Methods and Skills’, for the BA programme Economics, Politics and Law at Dublin City University, in 2016/2017.
Tutorial ‘Introduction to Research Methods and Skills’, for the BA programme Economics, Politics and Law at Dublin City University, in 2015/2016.
Main Supervisor: Professor John Doyle
Co-supervisor: Dr Walt Kilroy
- “Patterns of Civil Society Participation in Democratic Counterterrorism and Counter-Radicalisation Strategies. A Case Study of Pakistan” – paper presented at the International Conference on Post-Conflict Rehabilitation in Islamabad, Pakistan, November 2015.
- “Evaluating Conflict Resolution Mechanisms Fostered by Civil Society. Evidence from Pakistan” – paper presented at the International Conference on Asian Studies in Niigata, Japan, June 2015.