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Leonardo Bandarra, PhD

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I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, working on nuclear verification, disarmament, and non-proliferation, as part of “VeSPoTec: Center for Integrated interdisciplinary verification research”, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research. I am also a Senior Research Associate at the Middle East Treaty Organization (METO).

Formerly, I was a research fellow (2016-2021) and associate (2021-2022) at the German Institute of Global and Regional Studies (GIGA), in Hamburg, and I held research management positions at the Brazilian Center for International Relations (IBRI), between 2011 and 2013 and 2015 and 2016. I also have teaching experiences at the University of Hamburg (Germany) and the University of Brasília (Brazil).

I hold a PhD in Political Science (Summa Cum Laude) from the Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany, in cooperation with the GIGA, a Master and a BA in International Relations from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a DU (Diplôme d'Université) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier, France, in cooperation with the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. I'm also an alumnus of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and was granted fellowships and grants by institutions like CAPES, CNPQ, FES, BMBF.

Research Interests

- International Relations theory under a Global South and social constructivist approaches,

- International security and law,

- Weapons-of-mass-destruction non-proliferation, 

- Disarmament,

- Verification

- Nuclear latency,

- Foreign policy analysis.


Regional Foci: Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East.



Dolev, Sharon, e Leonardo Bandarra (2022). "Towards an Achievable WMDFZ Treaty for the Middle East: Insights from Civil Society". Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament 0 (0): 1–19.


Bandarra, Leonardo; Pry-Hansen, Miriam; van Wyk, Jo-Ansie; Dawood, Layla; Herz, Monica; Hassid, Nir, Pant, Harsh; Set, Shounak. (2022). “Global South Perspectives on a Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons: A Comparative Approach”. GIGA Working Paper, No 330. July 2022.


Martuscelli, Patrícia, and Leonardo Bandarra (2020). “Triply Silenced Agents: Cognitive Structures and Girl Soldiers in Colombia.” Critical Studies on Security, 8, 3.

Bandarra, Leonardo. (2020). “From Bonn with Love: West German Interests in the 1975 Nuclear Agreement with Brazil.”  Cold War History, 20, 4.

Bandarra, Leonardo. (2020). “Fresh Wind Out of the South: What to Expect from a Binding Nuclear Ban Treaty.” GIGA Focus Global, no. 05

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