Milena Berks is a Researcher/Project Officer at the Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies (BICC).
Before joining BICC’s DDR advisory project, Milena worked at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in New York where she supported small arms control initiatives in Africa with national and regional partners, including the African Union and the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA).
She also worked as an Advisor on small arms control at BICC, engaging in regional small arms control initiatives in Africa, notably physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) and weapons and ammunition management (WAM). Milena also worked as a DDR Officer for the UN Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) and the Belgian Development Cooperation in Niger.
She holds a Master degree in International Relations from the University of Louvain (UCL) and is pursuing her PhD on the Reintegration of former combatants in Niger.
To read more about Milena Berks, kindly visit: https://www.bicc.de/about/staff/staffmember/member/646-berks/
- Burkina Faso
- Central African Republic
- South Sudan
- The Gambia
- Armed conflict (causes, dynamics, prevention)
- Armed groups and armed conflict
- Climate security, natural resources and DDR
- Community violence reduction
- Cross-border population movements
- DDR planning
- DDR processes, programming and support
- DDR-related tools
- Demobilization and reinsertion
- Disarmament and weapons and ammunition management
- International intervention
- National and local ownership
- Organized crime and DDR
- Political context of DDR
- Regional and subregional actors in DDR
- Rule of law, transitional justice and DDR
- Terrorism, violent extremism and DDR
- The United Nations and DDR
- Women, gender and DDR
- Youth and DDR