Dr. Claudia Major

Dr. Claudia Major


Research Division: International Security
Deputy Head of Research Division

claudia.major(at)swp-berlin.org

phone:+49 30 88007-430

since 2010: Advisory Board for Civilian Crisis Prevention

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

Areas of Expertise:

Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), Crisis management, Defence and security policy / Armed forces, Defence and security policy / armed forces of a country / a region, German defence and security policy, Nato


SWP-Papers (selection):

with Florian Wassenberg

Warsaw's Ambitious CSDP Agenda

Polish Council Presidency Seeks Progress on Weimar Triangle Initiative

SWP Comments 2011/C 25, September 2011, 4 Pages
with Elisabeth Schöndorf

Comprehensive Approaches to Crisis Management

Complex Crises Require Effective Coordination and Political Leadership

SWP Comments 2011/C 23, September 2011, 8 Pages
with Christian Mölling

EU Battlegroups: What Contribution to European Defence?

Progress and Prospects of European Rapid Response Forces

SWP Research Paper 2011/RP 08, June 2011, 36 Pages

A Civil-Military Headquarters for the EU

The Weimar Triangle Initiative Fuels the Current Debate

SWP Comments 2010/C 31, December 2010, 4 Pages

Publications (selection):

with Stefan Krümpelmann

Making the Choice for Europe: The State of CSDP and Prospects for it to be an Organising Framework for European Security in the Next Decade

in: The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, No 3/2013 , pp. 71 - 84
with Christian Mölling, with Tomas Valasek

Smart but too cautious: How NATO can improve its fight against austerity

Centre for European Reform, Policy Brief, May 2012.

A New Force to be reckoned with

What France and Germany should do to save European defense

in: IP Journal, German Council on Foreign Relations, 26. April 2012 (online)
with Martina Bail

Waiting for Soft Power

Why the EU Struggles with Civilian Crisis Management

in: Eva Gross, Daniel Hamilton, Claudia Major, Henning Riecke (eds.): Preventing Conflict, Managing Crisis. European and American Perspectives, Centre for Transatlantic Relations, Washington D.C., 2011, pp. 15-36.

Working papers (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 press:

Germany's humanitarian plans in Libya and Eufor Libya

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

SWP Comments

Markus Kaim, Margarete Klein
NATO-Russia Relations after the Newport Summit

Reassurance, Cooperation and Security Guarantees


Christian Mölling
NATO's Two Percent Illusion

Germany Needs to Encourage Greater Efficiency within the Alliance


SWP Research Papers

Ekkehard Brose
When Germany Sends Troops Abroad

The case for a limited reform of the Parliamentary Participation Act


Tim L. Oliver
Europe without Britain

Assessing the Impact on the European Union of a British Withdrawal