Marina Caparini

Senior Fellow

Dr. Marina Caparini conducts applied research and policy support on security and justice governance, with an emphasis on conflict-affected and post-authoritarian settings.


She has worked closely with civil society actors, policy makers, security and justice practitioners, donors and international organisations on a wide spectrum of security and justice issues, including SSR, private security regulation, transitional justice, conflict management and peace operations. She formerly held senior positions at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces.

Marina is currently working with a major donor program aimed at strengthening African police peacekeeping capacities. In this capacity she has conducted research on a spectrum of issues in peace support operations, including police peacekeeping doctrine, police and justice capacity-building in host nations, command of peace support operations, the police component within active peacekeeping operations, African Union peace support operations, and training of police peacekeepers. She has also provided policy analysis and recommendations to donors and multilateral actors on strengthening the police role in peacekeeping. Over the past three years she has conducted related field research with resulting research/policy analysis in Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Sudan and Kenya.

Marina was trained as a political scientist, with a dual focus on area (comparative) studies and security studies. She holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in War Studies from King’s College London.