Gloria Hartner

Gloria Hartner

Personal Details

Professional Experiences (selected)

  • Since August 2008: Executive Assistant, EADS Defence & Security Key Account Organization in Bonn. Participant in the EADS Corporate Trainee Program PROGRESS.
  • September 2007 to July 2008: Research Assistant, Columbia University, Department of Economics, in New York, NY (USA).
  • June 2007 to September 2007: Intern at Aegis (Political Risk Management Firm) in London (UK).
  • October 2005 to March 2006: Intern at NATO, Division of Defence Investment in Brussels (Belgium).
  • October 2003 to June 2004: Intern at Office of Bundestag Deputy Dr. Hans-Peter Uhl in Berlin.


  • Since January 2010: Ph.D. Student at the University of the Bundeswehr in Munich.
  • September 2006 to July 2008: Master of International Affairs with a Concentration in International Security Policy at Columbia University, New York, NY (GPA 3.8). Award of the East-Central Europe Certificate by the Harriman Institute, New York, NY.
  • September 2001 to July 2005: Bachelor of European Studies at King’s College, London (Grade: First). 2003-2004 Sokrates Exchange Program with Humboldt University, Berlin.

Ph.D. Thesis (Abstract)

 The Impact of Private Contractors on the Strategic, Operational and Tactical Dimensions of the Concept of Security Governance
–  An Analysis based on the ISAF Mission of the Bundeswehr

While in the past the state acted as the “monopoly security provider” - at present, security is becoming pluralized. Both within states and transnationally, the demise of the bipolar world – precipitated by end of the Cold War - boosted the emergence and influence of various public and private actors as well as hybrid or mixed forms such as Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the security realm. As a result, there are few, if any, instances in which governments can decide unilaterally, let alone force their will on these non-state actors, whose motives are not intrinsically congruent with those of the state. Therefore, the question arises, whether and how the national interest can be safeguarded in the absence of a “monopoly security provider”?

Since traditional governance theories could not shed light on this dilemma, the concept of “Security Governance” (SG) was developed in the early 1990s within International Relations (IR) Theory. By focusing on the management and control of the process by which security is being provided, SG allows to assess the impact of non-state actors on the governance of security. So far, however, the concept of security governance is mostly geared towards the “horizontal dimension”, i.e. how these new forms of policy-making differ from traditional government, what their effects on states are, and how these can be ameliorated in the form of “good governance”. In contrast, the ongoing thesis approaches the concept of security governance from a “vertical” perspective, i.e. it examines the impact of non-state actors on the strategic, the operational and the tactical level of the security governance apparatus. This analysis is based on the ISAF mission of the Bundeswehr. Considering the relevance of these levels for the formation of security policies and even more so for their implementation, such an analysis is urgently needed both for a theoretical extension of the concept of security governance as well as for practical policy-making purposes.

Gloria Hartner