Nina Wilén

Senior Fellow

Nina Wilén is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Policy and Management, University of Antwerpen in Belgium.


She teaches the Military Higher Staff courses on Security Problems in Central Africa and International Relations theories. She is also a visiting lecturer at the Military Academy in The Hague, Netherlands and at the European College of Defence and Security. Her research interests focus on security sector reform; disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR); peace-building; gender and security; conflict resolution; and state-building.

She has done fieldwork in a number of African countries, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Liberia. Nina is the author of Justifying Interventions in Africa: (De)Stabilizing Sovereignty in Liberia, Burundi and the Congo and several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Nina holds a PhD in Political Science, specializing in Conflict and Security, from Université Libre de Bruxelles, a Master’s, and a B.A. from the University of Lund, Sweden. Fluent in English, French, and Swedish, she also has a working-level understanding of Spanish, Danish, and Norwegian.