Dr. Calin Trenkov-Wermuth is the security governance advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where his work focuses on security sector governance and reform. He has over 15 years of professional experience in international affairs, including as a policy advisor and political affairs officer in international organizations, as a researcher at think tanks, and as an academic at universities and colleges in the United States and Europe.

Prior to joining USIP, Dr. Trenkov-Wermuth worked at the U.N. Office of Counter-Terrorism, where he was the lead author of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact. He has also worked in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions at the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations.

Dr. Trenkov-Wermuth has taught international politics at Cambridge University, Columbia University, West Point, NYU, Adelphi University, Hamilton College, Baruch College, and Bard College. Dr. Trenkov-Wermuth was also a visiting fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and the EU Institute for Security Studies, as well as a TAPIR fellow at the RAND Corporation and the Finnish Institute of International Affairs. He started his career at the U.N.’s political affairs department and has also served in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly.

Dr. Trenkov-Wermuth holds a master’s and doctorate in international relations from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s in world politics from Hamilton College.

He is the author of “United Nations Justice: Legal and Judicial Reform in Governance Operations” and co-author of “NATO and the Challenges of Austerity” and Overcoming Obstacles to Peace: Local Factors in Nation-Building.” His work has been published in a range of journals and policy-oriented publications, including Foreign Affairs and Washington Post/Newsweek.

Publications By Calin

How Missing Data Can Make the Global Fragility Strategy Work

How Missing Data Can Make the Global Fragility Strategy Work

Thursday, May 20, 2021

By: Michael F. Harsch; Calin Trenkov-Wermuth, Ph.D.

As glaring inequalities in the global recovery from COVID-19 become clearer, the U.N. has warned of growing risks of political tensions and conflict in many countries. This poses a daunting challenge to U.S. foreign policy and presents a test for the new Global Fragility Strategy (GFS), which aims to reduce state fragility and break cycles of violence in critical regions. What the GFS lacks, however, is a clear “theory of success” that explains why and how proposed actions will lead to desired outcomes in fragile states. A new capacity-based approach is needed to identify fragile states with high potential for effective engagement, particularly security sector reform (SSR).

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Fragility & Resilience; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

Global Fragility Act: A Chance to Reshape International Security Assistance?

Global Fragility Act: A Chance to Reshape International Security Assistance?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

By: Calin Trenkov-Wermuth, Ph.D.; Paul M. Bisca

When the new U.S. administration gets to work, domestic priorities will be front and center on the agenda. Preventing state fragility and violent extremism abroad may seem less urgent. But implementing the Global Fragility Act (GFA)—which aims to fulfill those goals—should remain a top priority. Successfully advancing the GFA would directly benefit U.S. national security and help establish a more values-driven foreign policy. To this end, the United States should work with allies to create a global architecture for security sector assistance built on principles of aid effectiveness adapted from development financing. A U.S.-brokered international consensus on security assistance would help stabilize fragile states, prevent violence, and increase the value of dollars spent on the GFA.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Justice, Security & Rule of Law; Fragility & Resilience

How to Put Human Security at the Center of the Response to Coronavirus

How to Put Human Security at the Center of the Response to Coronavirus

Thursday, April 16, 2020

By: Calin Trenkov-Wermuth, Ph.D.

The coronavirus pandemic will have long-lasting repercussions for governance, justice, and security—among many other things. Many governments are working to contain the outbreak by adopting emergency measures and powers. Security sector actors—police, armed forces, border control authorities, penitentiaries, community security groups, and militias—are now playing a key role in limiting the virus’ spread.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Health; Justice, Security & Rule of Law

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