The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
Lars Döbert received his Master’s degree in International Relations from the joint program between Freie University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Potsdam University and King’s College in London. He also studied European Studies at the Universities of Passau, Brasília and Tel Aviv. He gained professional experience at the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and for the UN department at the German Federal Foreign Office. During the Mercator Fellowship, he seeks to examine approaches to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of UN policing in the context of limited statehood and violent non-state actors.