Making policies work

Sophie Desmidt

  • EU-Africa relations
  • EU external relations
  • Conflict prevention and peacebuilding


Sophie Desmidt, a Belgian national, is a Policy Officer in the Security and Resilience Programme. Having a background in Linguistics and Regional Studies (Bachelor in Oriental Languages and Cultures from the University of Ghent), International Relations and Global Governance (Master in Political Science from the University of Ghent), and Globalization, Peace and Security (MSc Global Politics from the London School of Economics), Sophie’s interest relate to the fields of international development, conflict, peace and security; and global and regional efforts in those fields.

Before joining ECDPM, Sophie worked as an EU Advocacy Assistant for Human Rights Watch in Brussels. Previously, she was an intern in the West Africa Team of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the United Nations Secretariat in New York, and an advisor to the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the United Nations in New York.

Pre-ECDPM assignments

  • EU Advocacy Assistant at Human Rights Watch, Brussels
  • Intern in the West Africa Team, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations Secretariat, New York
  • Advisor at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the United Nations, New York

External publications and contributions

Security Sector Reform and Democratization in Post-Conflict Societies after 1989: Diverging Patterns of State Building
Sophie Desmidt, Dissertation, MSc Global Politics, LSE

    Sophie Desmidt

    Policy Officer Security and Resilience Programme




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