Peter Horne Zartsdahl

Peter Horne Zartsdahl

Major (R), MA

  • Universitetsvej 1, 25.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


Personal profile


Peter Zartsdahl is a civilian crisis management expert with eight years of operational experience in Central and Eastern Africa. He is a former officer responsible for national coordination of civil assistance in the UN Mission in South Sudan, has led multinational research teams in assessing and reporting on EU and UN missions in Mali and Somalia, and has led more than 20 short-term advisory and training teams (STAT and STTT) from 2016 to 2022 on a variety of tasks related to operational and strategic management of peace operations in Africa.

Peter is a PhD Fellow in Global Politics with the University of Roskilde, and with the European Doctoral School on Common Security and Defence Policy in Brussels. He is a recognised academic and published expert on whole-of-government and civil-military relations in peace operations and works mainly with field implementation of civilian-led integrated planning, management, and decision-making processes in multidimensional organisations.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

African Studies, MA, Opposed Imperatives: A mixed methods study of NGO location choices in northern Uganda, University of Copenhagen

Award Date: 17 Jun 2015

Land-military Operations, Military Academy Graduate, Royal Danish Defence College

Award Date: 1 Jul 2009


  • Economics, Politics
  • Civil-military interfaces
  • Civil-military relations
  • Comprehensive approach
  • Integrated Peacekeeping Operations
  • United Nations
  • EU Security and Defense Policy
  • International Peacekeeping
  • African Union
  • Conflicts in Africa
  • African Standby Force
  • European External Action Service
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Conflict prevention
  • Crisis management
  • Conflict studies
  • Resilience
  • South Sudan
  • Somalia
  • DR Congo
  • Horn of Africa
  • Risk
  • Integrated planning
  • Whole-of-government
  • Industrial development, Development economics and planning, Developing countries
  • African Union
  • African studies
  • Post-conflict development and stabilization
  • International stabilization operations
  • NGO's / Non-governmental organizations
  • Civil-military coordination
  • Humanitarian civil-military coordination (CMCoord)