Thammy Evans

Thammy Evans

Thammy Evans is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center. She has spent the last 20 years focused on defence reform and governance, and notably on the military contribution to security and justice sector reform. With system dynamics at the heart of her interests, she analyses intersectionalities beyond the mainstream focus, where there are niche opportunities, and dismissed risk. Currently focused on the intersectionality of climate, security, and gender, she presents and lectures regularly on a variety of security and justice topics.

Thammy worked for eight years at DCAF, where her last post was Deputy Head of the International Security Sector Advisory Team (ISSAT). She managed ISSAT's Advocacy and Outreach with ISSAT's Governing Board Members to understand their priorities in security and justice sector reform and so meet Members’ needs, including through knowledge development and professional learning. 

Prior to joining ISSAT, Thammy was Political Advisor to the Senior Military Representative of NATO HQ Skopje as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia undertook deep reforms to join NATO and the EU. She has served as an officer in the British Army and worked for the UK Ministry of Defence  variously on the Balkans desk, vision and strategy development, and on partner capacity building. Her early career provided a foundation in public relations and international qualitative market research in the private and public sector, as well as business development harnessing systems thinking and resource efficiency.

A graduate in Chinese and German Studies from the University of Leeds, UK, she holds a Master’s of Science in Conflict Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. She has a certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership from the UK's Chartered Management Institute, and has authored on defence engagement, gendered analysis on military operations, China, the Balkans, security capacity building, and resource efficiency. She also speaks varying degrees of French, German, Serbo-Croat and Mandarin.


Effects Estimate

The Effects Estimate provides a framework for:

• Understanding the contemporary operating environment;
• Estimating second and third order effects;
• Managing risk;
• Warning of the need for actions-on unintended consequences;
• Implementing measures of effect;
• Improving the overall effect and ‘stickiness’ of a project.

This Estimate is especially suitable at project level, and can be carried out as a quick, or more in depth, analysis. With use of subject matter experts and regional or local area knowledge, the Effects Estimate does not need to take a lot of time. As with any analytical process, the resulting analysis is dependent on the quality of the data input to the process.

There are six basic steps:

  1. Define the project
  2. List negatives within the implementing community
  3. List positives within the implementing community
  4. Refine the project to enhance positives and diminish negatives
  5. Manage risks
  6. Build and monitor measures of effect

For a full description download the pdf.

The Effects Estimate has its origins in mainstream development work on conflict sensitivity and Do No Harm. It is adapted to apply across the security sector, including military and police reform / assistance projects, and combines important elements in risk management and evaluation / assessment of effect.



Presentation at 3rd Annual Peacekeeping Africa Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa

Security Capacity Building (SCB) is the main vehicle of support to African Peace Support Operations Troop Contributing Countries (PSO TCC) whether through aid or the market place. Introducing the Governance element into the assistance to African PSO TCC can yield benefits. This implies:

  • including issues related to accountability (behavioural and performance related),
  • inclusiveness,
  • efficiency,
  • oversight,
  • management,
  • leadership,
  • legitimacy and
  • linkage into wider institution-building processes of the organisations of the partner countries in charge of training and deployment of troops, police and civilians to PSOs.

In this video, Thammy Evans reflects on the Security Capacity Building and the Training of PSO personnel in SSR where she discusses training for peace support operations, the role of peacekeeping training centres, institution- and capacity building. The video was presented at the 3rd Annual Peacekeeping Africa Conference that took place in Johannesburg, South Africa on 29 - 30  August 2017.  

For full access to the video, ISSAT Presentation at the 3rd  Annual Peacekeeping Conference, kindly follow the link. 


Other Documents

The Moral Component of Mali and Mosul

the  moral component

In the Moral Component of Mali and Mosul, Thammy Evans looks into some of the cross-cultural origins and arguments for the primary necessity to develop the moral component in partner capacity building programmes. By looking into the history of the moral component of the fighting power, she argues that the moral package includes not just training on, but also building up, institutional oversight at all levels to provide the checks and balances to ensure the sustainability of the moral component, and to deal with any breaches thereof.

To access "The Moral Component of Mali and Mosul" article kindly follow the link.

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The Military Contribution to SSR - more than train and equip

The following presentation was provided at the Understand to Prevent Workshop held by the Multinational Capability Development Campaign (MCDC) on 25 June 2015. 

Its basic premise is that if SSR is started early and wide, then it can improve the resilience and upstream capacity of the security sector, and contribute to the prevention of violent conflict.

For more information on MCDC, view this paper.

Other Document