Dr. Claudia Major

Dr. Claudia Major


Research Division: International Security
Senior Associate

claudia.major(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-430

since 2010: Advisory Board for Civilian Crisis Prevention of the Federal Foreign Office

2008-2009 Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich

2007 European Union Institute for Security Studies, Paris

since 2006 Lecturer, Institut d'Etudes Politiques/Sciences Po Paris

2005-2007 Fellow of the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Programme

2001-2003 Public Affairs, IPA Network Berlin

2000-2001 German Council on Foreign Relations; Berlin


SWP Publications (selection):

with Jeffrey Rathke

NATO Needs Deterrence and Dialogue

Defining the New Balance in View of the Warsaw Summit

SWP Comments 2016/C 18, April 2016, 4 Pages
with Claudia Major, with Alicia von Voß

Nordic-Baltic Security, Germany and NATO

The Baltic Sea Region Is a Test Case for European Security

SWP Comments 2016/C 13, March 2016, 8 Pages
with Margarete Klein

Perspectives for NATO-Russia Relations

Forms of Confrontation Dominate – But Dialogue not Excluded

SWP Comments 2015/C 49, November 2015, 4 Pages
with Christian Mölling

A Hybrid Security Policy for Europe

Resilience, Deterrence, and Defense as Leitmotifs

SWP Comments 2015/C 22, April 2015, 4 Pages

NATO’s Strategic Adaptation

Germany Is the Backbone for the Alliance’s Military Reorganisation

SWP Comments 2015/C 16, March 2015, 4 Pages

External Publications (selection):

NATO and European Security: Back to the Roots?

In: IAI Working Papers, Issue 15|53, December 2015, 19 pages
with Christian Mölling, with Judith Vorrath

Conflict management: Germany’s light-footprint approach is not enough

in: Global Affairs, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 209-213 (2015)
with Christian Mölling

Deterrence Plus

Recent conflicts have shown that European security won’t work without a hybrid security policy. Here’s what a triad of deterrence, resilience, and defense could look like.

in: Berlin Policy Journal, 21.05.2015 (online)

Time to Scrap NATO's 2 Percent Pledge?

Blog Post Carnegie Europe, 28.04.2015 (online)

Working Papers of the Research Division (selection):

with Christian Mölling, with Alicia von Voß

The State of Defence Cooperation in Europe

Working Paper, FG 03-WP No 3, December 2013, 14 pages
with Stefan Krümpelmann

Enter the European Institute of Peace: Competing with or strengthening the European Union?

Working Paper FG03-WP No 2 May 2013 Berlin , 8 Pages
with Stefan Steinicke

EU Member States' Perceptions of the Security Relevance of the High North

Working Paper FG 2, 2011/No. 4, FG 3, 2011/No. 5, October 2011 , 15 Pages
with Eva Strickmann

You can't always get what you want – Logistical Challenges in EU Military Operations

FG03-WP No 03, June 2011, Berlin, 6 pages

special articles (selection):

with Eva Gross, with Daniel Hamilton, with Claudia Major, with Henning Riecke

Preventing Conflict, Managing Crisis

European and American Perspectives

Publication by the Center for Transatlantic Relations, December 2011, 154 pages

In the Media/ »Point of View« (selection):

Germany's humanitarian plans in Libya and Eufor Libya

Interview von Mark Caldwell, in: Deutsche Welle World, 08.04.2011 (online)

SWP Comments

Oliver Meier
The Danger of Chemical Weapons in Syria

Unfinished Disarmament and International Control Efforts


Marcel Dickow, Katarzyna Kubiak, Oliver Meier, Michael Paul
Germany and NATO Missile Defence

Between Adaptation and Persistence


SWP Research Papers

Judith Vorrath
Organized Crime and Development

Challenges and Policy Options in West Africa’s Fragile States


Judith Vorrath
From War to Illicit Economies

Organized Crime and State-building in Liberia and Sierra Leone