Andreas Krieg

Andreas Krieg


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Research interests

  • Privatization of Military and Security Services
  • Liberal Theory
  • Military Ethics
  • Just War Theory
  • Military Strategy in Post-Modern Warfare

In his research Andreas Krieg has focused on a variety of different subjects relating to the academic discipline of International Relations. During his graduate studies Andreas predominately concentrated on Just War Theory and conflict studies with a particular focus on the Middle East. Writing his PhD in War and Defence Studies Andreas research focus was redirected towards the privatization of military and security services as well as the adaptation of military strategy and tactics in changing post-modern operational environments.

In his doctoral thesis on military and security privatization Andreas explores the possibility of using private contractors to sustain a credible and sufficient human input in 21st century warfare with a specific focus on humanitarian intervention. Through the prism of liberal Social Contract Theory Andreas investigates to what extent regular state soldiers as well as private contractors are able to project force credibly, ethically and effectively in military humanitarian intervention.

Biographical details

Andreas Krieg is a third year doctoral candidate at the Department of War & Defence Studies , King’s College London and a fellow at the Joint Services Command and Staff College (UK Defence Academy) Shrivenham. In his doctoral research he compares the effects of civil-military relations on both soldier and contractor performance in low-interests conflicts. Andreas holds an MA Summa Cum Laude in Governance (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) from the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya, Israel and a BA European Studies from Maastricht University. He has founded the online research organization ‘Publications in Contemporary Affairs’ (PiCA, ) and is a founding member of the Private Military and Security Research Group (PMSRG) at King’s College London, organizing the annual PMSRG Private Military and Security Conference as well as issuing the monthly PMSRG academic newsletter.

In his previous academic career Mr. Krieg has focused on various fields of international relations, international law and diplomacy. During five years of undergraduate and graduate studies in the Netherlands, Israel and briefly in Syria, Mr. Krieg has developed a perspective on conflict management and resolution particularly within the European Union and the Middle East. Studying at graduate level at the IDC Herzliya in Israel Mr. Krieg has gained an exceptional academic insight into the changing nature of the contemporary state system and its impact on the manifestation of conflict and warfare in the post-Cold War era. In his graduate research Mr. Krieg has predominantly concentrated on the abilities and limits of the transforming Westphalian state system in managing conflicts, maintaining peace and security as well as trying to support post-conflict reconstruction and security sector reform. Apart from this rather theoretical or legal approach to international relations, Mr. Krieg was given the opportunity during his time in Israel to gather some practical experience in the diplomatic arena by representing Germany as a delegate in the World Jewish Congress and as a member of the Israeli Foreign Ministry acknowledged Ambassador Club which granted him the possibility to interact with the political, military and social elite of the region comprising both Israelis, Palestinians and nationals from other Arab countries. More

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Privatizing the Cosmopolitan Responsibility to Protect. Considering a Normative Argument for Why the Contractor Might Be Better Suited Vis-à-Vis the State Soldier to Serve Common Humanity , King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2014

Master of Arts, Motivations for Humanitarian Intervention - Examining the Question of Whether National Interests or Altruism Prevail, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya

Award Date: 1 Jan 2010

Bachelor of Arts, Nationalism in Kosovo - Is the time ripe for a Kosovar Nation State, Maastricht University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008


  • U Military Science (General)
  • Military Ethics
  • Military Strategy
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Civil-Contractor Relations
  • JC Political theory
  • Social Contract Theory
  • Liberal Theory
  • JZ International relations
  • Just War Theory
  • Laws of Armed Conflict


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