Theodor H. Winkler

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Theodor H. Winkler has served as Director of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) since his appointment June 13, 2000, by the Swiss Federal Council. [1]


"Born on 6 June, 1951, Theodor H. Winkler studied political sciences and international security at the Universities of Geneva and Harvard University and at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. He obtained, in 1981, a PhD in political sciences with a thesis on nuclear proliferation.

"Winkler joined the Swiss Department of Defence in late 1981 as an international security expert. In 1985 he was appointed Representative of the Chief of Staff for Politico-Military Affairs, in 1995 Head of the newly created Division for International Security Policy. In 1998 he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Head, Security and Defence Policy.

"On 13 June 2000, the Swiss Federal Council, appointed Winkler to be the Director of the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and promoted him to the rank of Ambassador.

"Winkler’s professional affiliations include membership in the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, DCAF Brussels, the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations and the International Coalition Women Defending Peace as well as membership in the international Advisory Boards of the Bonn International Centre for Conversion, and the Centre for International Security Studies Hungary and several other academic and international bodies."

External links

  • Directors, Geneva Centre for Security Policy, accessed February 16, 2010.