Dr. Guido Steinberg

Dr. Guido Steinberg

Research Division: Middle East and Africa
Senior Associate


2002-2005 Advisor on International Terrorism, Federal Chancellery, Berlin

2001 Research Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Center Social and Cultural History of the Middle East, Freie Universität Berlin

Areas of Expertise:

Arabian Peninsula, Kurds in the Middle East, Middle East, Jihadism, Political Islam / Islamism, Terrorism

SWP-Papers (selection):

A Chechen al-Qaeda?

Caucasian Groups Further Internationalise the Syrian Struggle

SWP Comments 2014/C 31, June 2014, 7 Pages

The New “Lions of Syria”

Salafist and Jihadist Groups Dominate Insurgency

SWP Comments 2014/C 19, April 2014, 8 Pages

Qatar and the Arab Spring

Support for Islamists and New Anti-Syrian Policy

SWP Comments 2012/C 07, February 2012, 8 Pages
with Christian Wagner, with Nils Wörmer

Pakistan against the Taliban

Wave of Arrests Weakens Afghan Insurgents, but Still Doesn't Signal Strategic Shift

SWP Comments 2010/C 08, March 2010, 7 Pages

German Middle East and North Africa Policy

Interests, Strategies, Options

SWP Research Paper 2009/RP 09, September 2009, 73 Pages

Publications (selection):

German Jihad: On the Internationalization of Islamist Terrorism

New York: Columbia University Press, June 2013, 320 pages
with Nils Wörmer

Exploring Iran and Saudi Arabia's Interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Stakeholders or Spoilers - a Zero Sum Game? Part 1: Saudi Arabia

CIDOB - Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, Policy Research Paper, April 2013
with Guido Steinberg

Renewing Leadership

The Role of Egyptians and Libyans in Al-Qaeda's senior leadership

in: IHS Security and Military Consulting; January 2012, pp 8-13

From Ron Arad to Gilad Shalit: Germany's Role in the Middle East Prisoner Exchanges

in: AICGS (American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University)

Return of the King

Succession scenarios in Saudi Arabia

In: Jane's Intelligence Review, vol. 23 (April 2011) no. 4, pp. 34 - 38

Media quotes (selection):

Sunni vs Shi'a: Opposition Fueled by Power Politics

The conflict between Sunnis and Shi'as in the Middle East is based on religious differences. It is, however, fueled by Islamists and power politics, says Guido Steinberg.

Point of View, August 2013

SWP Comments

Petra Becker
Support for Syria’s Civil Society – Misguided and Ineffective

Without Military Action, International Support Will Continue to Be of No Avail

Khaled Yacoub Oweis
U.S.-led Bombardment Challenges Islamic State’s Hold on Eastern Syria

But without Addressing the Roots of the Conflict, the Group Will Remain Hard to Beat

SWP Research Papers

Guido Steinberg
Leading the Counter-Revolution

Saudi Arabia and the Arab Spring

Heiko Wimmen
Divisive Rule

Sectarianism and Power Maintenance in the Arab Spring: Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria