Mr. Papenkort is a former senior military officer with top training in the German General Staff and the British Army Staff College. He had command functions within national and multinational military formations in peace support operations of NATO and UN. During his career he worked at the political - military interface in various functions at senior level national government institutions and international organizations. He had a leading appointment in the think tank of the German Ministry of Defense and worked later in the area of international security policy coordination and government - parliament relations at national levels. Additionally, he is a visiting professor at the University of Sarajevo and lecturing at various other universities.