Thorsten Benner is co-founder and director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. Prior to co-founding the Global Public Policy Institute in 2003, he worked with the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, the UN Development Program in New York and the Global Public Policy Project in Washington, DC. He has been involved with the Hertie School since its foundation, as a member of the curriculum advisory board as well as teaching in the EMPA, MPP, MIA and executive education programmes. His publications include The New World of UN Peace Operations: Learning to Build Peace? (Oxford University Press 2011). His commentary has appeared in DIE ZEIT, the International New York Times, LA Times, Handelsblatt, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among others. He studied political science, history and sociology at the University of Siegen (Germany), the University of York (UK) and the University of California at Berkeley. He received a Master in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was a McCloy Scholar.