Marina Caparini

Director, Governance & Society Programme, 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 and justice governance, peace operations, peacebuilding in transitional and conflict-affected contexts


  • 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


  • "Coronavirus shocks to human development and sustaining peace", SIPRI Commentary, 7 May 2020
  • "Connecting the dots on the triple nexus" (with Anders Reagan), SIPRI Topical Backgrounder, 29 November 2019
  • "Gender training for police peacekeepers: Approaching two decades of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325", SIPRI Topical backgrounder, October 2019
  • "Police Reform in Northern Ireland: Achievements and Future Challenges" (with Juneseo Hwang), SIPRI Topical backgrounder, October 2019
  • "UN Police and the challenges of organized crime", SIPRI Discussion Paper, Stockholm: April 2019
  • "SDG 16.4 and the collection of data on illicit arms flows: Progress made but challenges ahead" (with Mark Bromley), SIPRI Backgrounder, 15 June 2018
  • "UN Police in Conflict Prevention", SIPRI Discussion Paper, 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)
  • "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, eds. 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)
  • 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