JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow
United Nations University Centre for Policy Research


Areas of Expertise
Intergovernmental Organizations, International Organizations, International Sanctions, Peace and Security, United Nations, United Nations Reform

Thomas Dörfler is a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)-UNU Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the UNU Centre for Policy Research. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Bamberg, Germany, and a Master’s Degree from Leiden University, The Netherlands. In his research he focusses on the analysis of institutional dynamics and decision-making processes in international organizations. This includes the decision-making dynamics in the UN Security Council and how the delegation of implementation decisions to sanctions committees in the UN Security Council affects the behavior of UN member states. He has also worked extensively on the reform of the UN Security Council. Besides his strong interest in the area of UN sanctions policy, his current focus at UNU-CPR is on multilateral and inter-institutional cooperation in the fight against violent extremism. This includes the financing of terrorism through illicit trafficking in cultural property and exploitation of natural resources.

Recent Publications
Hosli, Madeleine O. and Thomas Dörfler. 2017. Why is Change so Slow? Assessing Prospects for United Nations Security Council Reform. In: Journal of Economic Policy Review. (online first).

Stollenwerk, Eric, Thomas Dörfler and Julian Schibberges. 2016. Taking a New Perspective. Mapping the Al Qaeda Network through the Eyes of the UN Security Council. In: Terrorism and Political Violence 28 (5), 950-970.

Gehring, Thomas and Thomas Dörfler. 2013. Division of Labor and Rule-based Decision-making within the UN Security Council: The Al-Qaida/Taliban Sanctions Regime. In: Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations 19 (4), 567–587.