Dr Monika Wohlfeld

Dr Monika Wohlfeld 

Lecturer and Holder of the German Chair in Peace and Conflict Prevention 

MEDAC, University of Malta 



Dr Monika Wohlfeld joined MEDAC in 2009 as the first Holder of the German Chair in Peace and Conflict Prevention, established at MEDAC by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously she was the Deputy Director of the Conflict Prevention Centre of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), responsible for the Organization’s field operations in 19 countries in South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia. She served as Head of External Co-operation of the OSCE and, prior to that, as Senior Diplomatic Adviser to the OSCE Secretary General. In those positions, Dr Wohlfeld was inter alia responsible for the OSCE’s Mediterranean dialogue. 

She has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Western European Union (now European Union) Institute for Security Studies in Paris, and Researcher at the War Studies Department at King’s College London. From 1994 to 1996 she was a NATO Fellow and in 2002 German Marshall Campus Fellow. 

Monika Wohlfeld received a B.A. in Political Science and Soviet and East European Studies, a M.A. in Political Science and Strategic Studies from the University of Calgary, Canada, and a Ph.D. in War Studies from King’s College London. Dr Monika Wohlfeld has published widely on matters related to European security, European institutions, regional co-operation, conflict prevention, crisis management, and the Mediterranean.


Research interests

- Conflict prevention and crisis management

- Security studies

- Regional co-operation and co-operative security frameworks

- European security

- Mediterranean security

- Migration and security

Selected publications 

Monika Wohlfeld, Implications of Covid-19 on Security Sector Reform: Perspectives from the MENA Region, in Future of Europe Observer, Vol. 8. No. 3., November 2020

Monika Wohlfeld, Security Sector Reform in the MENA Region - The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic, in Stephen Calleya (Ed.), Towards a Post Pandemic Euro-Mediterranean Strategy, Med Agenda - Special Edition, Malta, June 2020 

Monika Wohlfeld (Ed.), Cooperative Security in the Mediterranean, Med Agenda - Special Issue, Malta. April 2020 

Monika Wohlfeld (ed.), Transatlantic Relations and the Mediterranean. Med Agenda – Special Issue, Malta, April 2019.

Monika Wohlfeld and Jack Jasper, ‚Cyberattacks and Cyber Conflict: Where is Conflict Resolution?’, Contemporary Issues in Conflict Resolution, Centre for the Study and Practice of Conflict Resolution. Malta, December 2018. 

Monika Wohlfeld and Stephen Calleya (eds), What Future for the Iran Nuclear Deal?. Med Agenda – Special Issue, Malta, April 2018. 

Monika Wohlfeld, ‚Migration in the Mediterranean: Is It a Security Threat?‘, in MEDAC (ed.), Perspectives in a Changing Mediterranean. Med Agenda – Special Issue, Malta September 2016.

Stephen Calleya and Monika Wohlfeld, Helsinki Plus 40: The Mediterranean Chapter of the Helsinki Final Act and the Future of Mediterranean Co-operation. Med Agenda – Special Issue, Malta, February 2016.

Omar Grech and Monika Wohlfeld, ‚Managing Migration in the Mediterranean: Is the EU Failing to Balance State Security, Human Security, and Human Rights?‘. OSCE Yearbook 2015, Volume 21-2015. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2016. (also in German) 

Derek Lutterbeck and Monika Wohlfeld, OSCE Code of Conduct: Outreach Conference for the Southern Meditereanean Region (Tunis, 2015). Med Agenda – Special Issue, Malta 2016. 

Derek Lutterbeck and Monika Wohlfeld, ‘The Code of Conduct in the Mediterranean Region: Building Confidence – Promoting Regional Stability – Mediterranean Partner Outreach’, in 20 Years of OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security. A Commemorative Study on the History, Development, Achievements and Outreach of the OSCE Key Document for Politico-Military Norms and Principles on Armed and Security Forces. Bern: Swiss Armed Forces, November 2014. 

Derek Lutterbeck and Monika Wohlfeld, OSCE Code of Conduct Regional Conference for the Mediterranean, Med Agenda – Special Issue, January 2014. 

Monika Wohlfeld (editor), Civil Society and Democratization in Societies in Transition. Med Agenda – Special issue, January 2014.