Dr. Deniz Kocak

Research Associate at the Chair of Political Science, in particular Political Theory

Gebäude H1
Holstenhofweg 85
22043 Hamburg

E-Mail: kocakd [at] hsu-hh.de



Dr. Deniz Kocak is a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Chair of Political Science, in particular Political Theory at the Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg (HSU/UniBwH), Associated Member with the Interdisciplinary Research Network “Maritime Security” (iFMS), and Research Associate with the German Institute for Defence and Security Studies (GIDS), Hamburg.

Prior to this, he worked as Senior Scientific Officer with the Department of Risk Communication and with the Unit “Crisis Prevention and Coordination”, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, as a Lecturer with the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie University Berlin, as Visiting Researcher with the School of Social Sciences (SoSS), Singapore Management University (SMU) as well as a Research Associate with the Project “Exporting the State Monopoly on Violence: Security Governance Transfers to Areas of Limited Statehood“, DFG-Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 700, Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood, Freie University Berlin.

Dr. Kocak is also a political consultant on security governance affairs and has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ). From 2015 to 2020 he has been a Scientific Advisory Council for the EU-funded Horizon 2020 Project “Community Based Policing and Post-Conflict-Police Reform” (ICT4COP). Since 2017 he is a Vetted Expert for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – Regional Service for Africa (RSCA) Governance and Peacebuilding Experts Roster, and since 2021 he is a Member of the Security Sector Reform (SSR) Advisory Network to the United Nations. Since 2022 he is a Steering Committee Member of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) – Standing Group Political Violence.

He studied Political Science and Modern/Contemporary History at the University of Potsdam and the Humboldt-University Berlin, and obtained his doctoral degree (Dr. Phil.) in Political Science at the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie University Berlin.

Research Interests

Security Governance in Southeast Asia

Security Sector Reform (SSR)

Community Policing & Police Reform

Civil-Military Relations

Institutional Change


Kocak, Deniz; Pawlak, Julian (2023) “Nachhaltige Sicherheit” in, Marine Forum, 2023 (4), 32-36.

Kocak, Deniz (2023) “Wie kann sich die Europäische Union in der indo-pazifischen Region engagieren? Möglichkeiten und Grenzen der Kooperation“, #GIDSstatement 04/2023, Hamburg, German Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies (GIDS).

Kocak, Deniz (2023) “Rebel security governance in transition: The case of post-independence Timor-Leste” in, Small Wars & Insurgencies, 34: 1, 113-137.

Kocak, Deniz (2021) Eine Grand Strategy als strategischer Ansatz für die deutsche Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik im 21. Jahrhundert. #GIDSstatement 4/2021, German Institute for Defencce and Strategic Studies (GIDS): Hamburg.

Kocak, Deniz (2020): “On the Spatial-temporal Diffusion of Community Based Policing from Japan to Peninsula Southeast Asia: The Case of Timor-Leste“ in Nadine Ansorg, Eleanor Gordon (Eds.), Co-Operation, Contestation and Complexity in Peacebuilding; Post-Conflict Security Sector Reform, Oxon: Routledge, 24-39.

Kocak, Deniz (2019): “On the spatial-temporal diffusion of community based policing from Japan to Peninsula Southeast Asia: The case of Timor-Leste” in, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 13: 1, 25-40.

Kocak, Deniz (2018): “Rethinking community policing in international police reform: Examples from Asia”, DCAF SSR Paper 17, London, Ubiquity Press.

Kocak, Deniz (2017): “Review: Nygaard-Christensen, Maj, Bexley, Angie (eds.): Fieldwork in Timor-Leste: Understanding social change through practice” in, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 36: 3, 145-147.

Kocak, Deniz (2016): “Security sector reconstruction in post-conflict: The lessons from Timor-Leste” in, Miklaucic, Michael/Hughes, Michelle (eds.): Impunity: Confronting illicit power structures in war and transition, Washington, D.C., National Defense University, 348-365.

Kocak, Deniz (2015): “Identifying prospects and challenges to intraorganizational communication practices of the Policía Nacional de Timor Leste”, Díli, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Kocak, Deniz (2015): “Beyond control: Militias as inherent part of the national security policy in Indonesia” in, Sicherheit und Frieden / Security and Peace 33: 4, 212-217.

Kocak, Deniz (2015): “Robustes Polizieren: Empirische Befunde zu Kontinuitäten der Repression und Chancen der Implementation von Polizeireformen in Timor-Leste”, Dissertation, Freie University Berlin, Berlin.

Schroeder, Ursula C.; Chappuis, Fairlie; Kocak, Deniz (2015): “Security sector reform and the emergence of hybrid security governance”, in: Schroeder, Ursula C. und Chappuis, Fairlie (eds.): Building security in post-conflict states; The domestic consequences of security sector reform, London, Routledge.

Chappuis, Fairlie; Kocak, Deniz; Sangar, Eric (2014): “What’s African? Identifying traits of African security governance” in, Journal of Regional Security 9: 1, 7-30.

Kocak, Deniz (2014): “Timor-Leste: The continuing challenge of police building and security governance”, in, Security Sector Reform Resource Centre, http://www.ssrresourcecentre.org/2014/08/19/timor-leste-the-continuing-challenge-of-police-building-and-security-governance/

Schroeder, Ursula C.; Chappuis, Fairlie; Kocak, Deniz (2014): “Security sector reform and the emergence of hybrid security governance” in, International Peacekeeping, 21: 2, 214-230.

Kocak, Deniz (2014): “Review: Lia Kent: The dynamics of transitional justice: International models and local realities in East Timor” in, Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 33: 1, 142-144.

Kocak, Deniz; Kode, Johannes (2014): “Impediments to security sector reform in Thailand”, in: Heiduk, Felix (ed.): Security sector reform in Southeast Asia; From policy to practice, Houndmills, Palgrave, 83-101

Kocak, Deniz (2013): “Security sector reconstruction in a post-conflict country: Lessons from Timor-Leste”, SFB-Governance Working Paper Series, Berlin, DFG-Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 700.

Schroeder, Ursula C.; Chappuis, Fairlie; Kocak, Deniz (2013): “Security sector reform from a policy transfer perspective: Comparing external security interventions in the Palestinian Territories, Liberia and Timor-Leste” in, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 7:3, 381-401.

Kocak, Deniz (2013): “Insurgencies, border clashes, and security dilemma – Unresolved problems for ASEAN” in, Central European Journal of International & Security Studies 7:1, 60-80.

Chappuis, Fairlie; Kocak, Deniz (2013): (mit Fairlie Chappuis) “Sicherheitssektorreform in Lateinamerika: Möglichkeiten und Grenzen” in, Maihold, Günther/Brombacher, Daniel (eds.): Gewalt, organisierte Kriminalität und Staat in Lateinamerika, Opladen, Verlag Barbara Budrich, 255-273.

Kocak, Deniz (2008): “Security Regime or “Security Community”? Classifying ASEAN in the spectrum of regional security organizations” in, Asian Review 21: 89-101.

Kocak, Deniz (2007): “Determinants of French colonial expansion in Southeast Asia, 1880-93” in, Asian Review 20: 215-232.


Letzte Änderung: 18. April 2023