Dr Sami Faltas is the former Director of Centre for European Security Studies (www.cess.org) (CESS) and is currently teaching at the University of Groningen at the department of International Relations. He is still associated with CESS as Research Fellow. Originally from Egypt, he grew up in the Netherlands and worked in Germany for several years before coming to CESS. Trained as a political scientist, he holds a doctorate in economics and published widely on international affairs, disarmament and security.
Today, he develops and delivers training programmes, training for trainers, and simulation exercises on Security Sector Reform and governance. Among his clients are OECD DAC, the European Commission, the External Action Service of the EU, NATO, the governments of Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, and NGOs working on security and development.
His interests include SSR, democratic governance in the security sector, post-conflict peacebuilding, the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of combatants (DDR) and transitional justice. As a trainer, Sami Faltas works with colleagues from institutes such as CESS, ISSAT, DCAF, BICC, Clingendael, the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the Netherlands Defence College, the UK Defence Academy, the OSCE, RACVIAC, UNDP, as well as independent experts. He teaches in English, French, German and Dutch. He is particularly active in Georgia, Moldova, Turkey, the Balkans and Western Europe, but also works in Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East.