Mr. Christian Hårleman (Lieutenant Colonel, Rtd) serves as an international consultant in the fields of peace, security and development in Latin America, Central Europe, and Africa in general He has served as an Adviser to the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the development of Guatemalan Institute for Peace and Development (GIPD), and in 1996-97 he served in similar capacity to the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the establishment of the Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development (EIIPD). In the same capacity he has worked (1996) in the Caribbean and in El Salvador. He is currently involved in projects concerning the establishment of a Peace Monitoring system in Central America and in the development of research program regarding Early Warning for Southern Africa. In 2001, Mr. Hårleman wrote the training course An Introduction to the UN System for the Peace Operations Training Institute, then known as UNITAR POCI; he revised it in 2003.
Mr. Hårleman is a Senior Special Fellow at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Geneva; Senior Fellow of the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, Nova Scotia; Board Member of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, Sweden; and Senior Associate to Instituto de Relaciones Internacionales y de Investigaciones para la Paz, Guatemala City and to the Institute of World Affairs, Washington D.C.. Hårleman is one of the Founding Members (Asamblea de Fundadores) of GIPD and Member of the Board (Consejo de Dirección). Since 2000, Hårleman has been a working Board Member of JOSAB International AB, Sweden.
Hårleman was commissioned in 1963 as an officer at the Royal Life Guard in Sweden and left the Army in 1989. He graduated from the Swedish Military Staff College, and he holds degrees in International Relations and International Humanitarian Law from Stockholm University as well as a degree in Emergency Management from the University of Wisconsin (US).
From 1989 to July 1992 Hårleman served in New York, first in his capacity of Director of Peacekeeping Programs at the International Peace Academy. Subsequently, he established and organized the Training Programs for Peacekeeping and Election Assistance for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR/NY). During that time he also developed a series of six videos and "guides" for UNITAR dealing with conflicts, peacekeeping in general, training for peacekeeping and election in particular.
For three years, from July 1992 to July 1995, he was Senior Training Adviser and later the Chief of the Training Unit in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, United Nations, New York, the first such program in the United Nations. During this period he developed and implemented the United Nations training policy, including global training programs, international seminars and workshops and a core group of international peace-keeping trainers (United Nations Training Assistance Teams - UNTAT) et al.
Hårleman has participated in a large number of field operations in the areas of peacekeeping, election monitoring and disaster relief in Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East and South America. He has published several articles on the subjects related to peacekeeping and peacemaking.