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Jan Koehler

Road in the North Caucasus towards M. Elbruz

Background

Jan Koehler is senior researcher at SFB 700 of Freie Universtät Berlin. And a founding member of the consultancy company ARC-Berlin. He received his first degree from the Freie Universität Berlin in Social Anthropology and did his PhD in Political Science on institution centred conflict research. He has been consulting for the past years, including assignments for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Ministry of Defence, the Dutch Ministry of Defence, the Afghan Government, The World Bank, World Vision Germany, Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

The current focus of Jan’s activities is Afghanistan with special emphasis on impact assessments and evaluations in North East Afghanistan. In the past Jan has also worked as a tutor for the German Foreign Office, the German Foundation for International Development (DSE) and as an Assistant to the Personal Representative of the Chairperson in Office of the OSCE on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and participation of the OSCE implemented parliament elections in Kosovo.

His experience includes extensive fieldwork (consultancy work and academic research) in Afghanistan and the successor states of the Soviet Union. The focus of his research is primarily on conflict processes, local governance and development issues in the South Caucasus and Central Asia. The results of his work are available in various publications. In addition to his German mother tongue, Jan also speaks English and Russian fluently and has basic understanding of Georgian and Spanish.