Nadia Gerspacher is the director of education & capacity building. Gerspacher manages police capacity building projects that help strengthen policing governance policies and practices, focusing on how to develop security institutions that are service oriented and legitimate in the eyes of the public. She has worked in North Africa and the Middle East and serves as an advisor on projects in various African countries.  

Gerspacher has done extensive research on community policing, international police cooperation and policing for countering violent extremism and has taught related courses both to police officers and in the university setting. She has also developed online courses for various audiences.

In addition, Gerspacher oversees several programs that prepare advisers to deploy on capacity building missions. She addresses both readiness and pre-deployment training for military and civilians preparing to serve as capacity builders, working in partnership with U.S. and European government agencies and organizations to diffuse the lessons learned and curriculum developed. She also oversees studies that help deploying agencies maximize the effectiveness of advisors and capacity building missions.

Gerspacher also serves on several working groups and joint curriculum development initiatives in the U.S. and Europe. She has published widely on police capacity building and cooperation in academic and practitioner oriented media. She regularly participates on panels at international conferences and has organized lessons learned conferences. Gerspacher has a Ph.D. in international relations and public policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Publications By Nadia

Nigeria: Remedies for a Police-Community Disconnect?

Nigeria: Remedies for a Police-Community Disconnect?

Monday, June 2, 2014

By: Nadia Gerspacher

Community policing is increasingly seen as a hopeful approach to address violent extremism and even terrorism. The kidnapping of the Nigerian school girls by Boko Haram offers a strong case for the potential of stronger connections between citizens and their police forces to prevent and counter the effects of violent radicalization. 

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