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Christoph holds a Magister degree in Political Science and Spanish Philology from the University of Potsdam and a Master´s degree in the “Research Training Program in Social Sciences” from Humboldt-University Berlin. Before joining King’s Brazil Institute in October 2013, he held various positions in research and media. Christoph has worked on Brazil-related topics at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), where he carried out research on civil-military relations in South America and the role of Brazil as an emerging donor in development policy. For his PhD project, Christoph is looking at the militarisation of Brazil’s public security. For this purpose, he is assessing feedback effects between Brazil´s contributions to peacekeeping missions and internal missions of the Armed Forces. His particular focus lies on scrutinising individual soldiers´ capability of dealing with the increasing ‘police-isation’ of the military in both UN missions and domestic Garantia da Lei e da Ordem-operations.
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Brazil’s political climate is as polarised and fractious as ever, and it’s getting nastier. While some desperately attempt to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a minority of right-wing protesters are openly …