Expertise: Security, counter-insurgency, ‘hearts and minds’, public diplomacy and development policies in Afghanistan; Afghanistan-Pakistan regional dynamics; Public security and crime prevention policies in Latin America; International drug policy and alternative livelihood strategies.
Jorrit Kamminga is Senior Associate Fellow at the Clingendael Institute. A regular commentator for Dutch and foreign media, he has been based in Spain since 2002, working on projects in 27 different countries. Between 2003 and 2014, Jorrit worked for the International Council on Security and Development (ICOS), before joining Oxfam Novib as Policy Advisory for Oxfam´s Rights in Crisis campaign, focusing especially on Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Syria crisis response. He is also Chair of the Board of the European Network of NGO’s working in Afghanistan (ENNA).
Since 2005, he has worked on the ground in Afghanistan, inter alia conducting field research in Helmand and Kandahar, organising opinion surveys with military-age youth across the country, filming Afghanistan’s ‘Facebook Generation’ in Kabul and working with Chronoscoop on the 2009 documentary ‘Afghanistan, Land of Wonders’ about the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. His current work focuses on public diplomacy and the ‘war of ideas’ between East and West.
Jorrit has also worked as Policy Officer for the political section of The Royal Netherlands Embassy in Madrid, and prior to that in Vienna, Austria for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He is currently a consultant for UNODC on alternative development for its flagship publication, the World Drug Report.
He graduated with an MA in International Relations and International Organisations from Groningen University (NL) in 2002. In April 2014, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Valencia (Spain) following (field) research on the nexus between economic security and alternative livelihood strategies for cocaleros in Colombia. Between 2012 and 2014, he has also been involved in grassroots crime prevention and public security related projects in twelve challenging neighbourhoods of the Colombian city of Medellin.
Read the articles by Jorrit Kamminga in Clingendael magazine Internationale Spectator.